I would like to invite the members of this community to participate in a
book project I am writing.
We are looking for world-wide participants for a collection entitled When
We Were Young: Children of World War II by Elizabeth Dole and Tracy Quinn
McLennan to be published by William Morrow and Company.
Much has been written about the experiences of our servicemen and women, as
well as family and friends left at home, during World War II, but little
has been said about what it was like growing up during this crucial time in
world history. When We Were Young: Children of World War II is a
collection of interviews and recollections with people throughout the
world, both Allied and Axis countries, describing their childhood during
the war. Each person will have a chapter dedicated to their story.
We hope to find participants who can recall or had direct experience with
such subjects and events as: internment camps in the United States,
survivors of the bombing of Hiroshima, D-Day, VE-Day, the Blitz, Pearl
Harbor, "Kristallnacht," living under enemy occupation, evacuation,
Holocaust survivors, children in hiding, for example.
Through diaries, letters, and recollections (written as a child or now as
an adult), readers of When We Were Young will get a fascinating first-hand
look at youth living during World War II. What was it like to have fathers
or brothers who went off to war and mothers or sisters who became nurses or
worked at factories? How did children survive hardships like trolling the
streets for food or scrap metal for the war effort? How did they endure
even more dramatic experiences such as hiding from the enemy or surviving a
concentration camp? What was it like growing up during wartime, and how
does this experience shape adulthood?
If you were born between 1922-1939, or know someone who was and would like
to participate in this important project, please email me at
at your earliest convenience. Please give me
your full contact information, nationality, a brief description of your
life during the war, and why your unique experience needs to be told.
You can also send your recollections and memories to us at the below
address. And, of course, if you have any questions about the book, please
don't hesitate to contact me. Email, fax, and postal mail are all fine.
All participants whose stories are included in the book will receive a copy
of the book upon publication.
Elizabeth Dole is the former head of the American Red Cross and former
Secretary of Labor. She is married to Senator Bob Dole. Tracy Quinn
McLennan is a writer, editor, and researcher.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Tracy Quinn McLennan
Adler & Robin Books, Inc.
3000 Connecticut Avenue, N.W., Suite 317
Washington, D.C. 20008, U.S.A.
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