The forty-six family stories in this book are remembered from battlefields, prison camps, and homes in twenty countries around the world. Passed down through generations, these compelling stories honor family members who courageously faced their challenges — many bravely living out their beliefs and celebrating their blessings. Sharing these stories sends echoes of inspiration, strength, and courage throughout our world today.
“The stories included here offer personal and powerful perspectives on World War II and what it meant to the people who lived through this period in our history. . . . These young authors—these young historians—are doing incredibly important and engaging work.” —Jody Sowell, Director of Exhibitions and Research, Missouri History Museum
“From youthful voices come resounding truths. This beautifully crafted book of World War II stories from students’ interviews of their elders serves a double purpose: It captures important history, otherwise lost, and it awakens young people to the wider world and the roles their own loved ones played in it. A must-read for anyone from nine to ninety.” —Peter H. Green, Author of Ben’s War with the U.S. Marines
“These echoes of history from very personal and multinational perspectives tackle serious topics in engaging styles. Some stories reveal World War II–era experiences most have never heard of before. The young voices speak of bonds created and lessons learned from the passing of stories from one generation to the next, enriching family relationships and making the past fascinating and real.” —Linda Austin, Co-author of Cherry Blossoms in Twilight, a World War II Japan memoir