War Stories

Since getting home from our trip to Poland, I’ve become very interested in the Second World War. Brent and I have been watching Band of Brothers and I’m reading Antony Beevor‘s excellent account The Fall of Berlin 1945.

While we were in Poland, Brooke interviewed the pastor’s mother, who had been deported from her home in Bialystok, Poland to Siberia by the Soviet army at the beginning of the war. She’s going to be writing an article about the story. In the course of her research, she’s discovered a great site called TimeWitnesses, which has assembled recollections from people who lived through some of these horrific events.

I am reminded again to be grateful for the ways we can use technology to make sure that we never forget the past. And then I wonder who (if anyone) is collecting these stories in Iraq or Afghanistan.