Under the heading of 'interpersonal exchanges' we find
several types of projects. The first, "electronic appearance"
, is particularly useful for current affairs classes. Students from our
secondary school made an 'electronic appearance' at both the opening of
the Eurotunnel (Spring, 1994) and the
Nations Summit for Social Development (Spring, 1995) . Students in both
cases were assigned projects related to the events which they then posted
via the Internet to the organizations involved. In both cases they received
a response from the organizers.
"MEMORIES OF WW II" PROJECTS
A good example of an historically focused 'electronic appearance'
can be found at the Chatback Trust (UK) World Wide Web site . Entitled "Memories of 1944/1945"
survivors of the Second World War have published accounts
of their experiences from the war years which they hope to share with
Linked to the ""Memories Project"", students from an elementary
school in the US have created a Web site on '"Historical
Fiction " containing student-published stories inspired by survivors'
accounts as well as class readings.
A third project entitled "What
did you do in the war, Grandma?" is based on the oral histories
of American women during World War II written and published by secondary
school students from Rhode Island. (From this site there are also links
to " Other WWII References on the Web " including the Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II and Yahoo's directory of World War II:Personal Accounts)
Additional information related
to the theme of women in WW II can be found at the following sites: Women at War
, The Women's Land Army,
The Women's Army Corps
and from the Library of Congress "Women
Come to the Front: Journalists, Photographers, and Broadcasters During World
War II" .
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON WORLD WAR II
One of the most beneficial aspects of the Internet is the
possibility for students of history to make links themselves to other related
WWW sites, often illustrating another perspective of the same historical
event or period. Related to the theme of the Second World War we were able
to link the Chatback Trust's "Memories" pages to sites in Finland , Germany , the Netherlands , Belgium,
Malta, Singapore, Australia , Hong Kong, Japan (also related articles
A Journal of Nagasaki History and Culture ), Oregon
and San Francisco.
HISTORY OF WORLD WAR II (continued)
There are several sites which offer a compilation of information
on the Second World War. Examples include "WW II Archives"
(pages at the Patch High School in Germany), a WW
II Timeline (from USD's History Department), WW II
in Europe Timeline and The
Rise of Adolf Hitler (from The
History Place), World
War II-The Asian Front, the 'Cybrary
of the Holocaust, World War Two Historical Documents , and the Grolier
"World War II Site" (several hypertext articles on events
and people from the period). The Library of Congress has published an online exhibition commemorating The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Marshall Plan. Ursula Dixon, novice historian. has written
several articles that focus her own experiences of WW II and its aftermath
in Germany in Ursula's
IMAGES AND POSTERS FROM WW II
Also available is a collection of Second World War posters
Persuasion' (an on-line exhibition from the national archives in the
United States) and from the Norwegian archives there is Norway
1940-45 (an impressive collection of over 600 Nazi posters, photos,
illegal pamphlets).There is also The
Normandy Photos Database (with over 650 photos relating to the U.S.
Army operations in Normandy and Northern France during WW II).
The history department of Lewis and Clark University has
put together an extensive 'Hiroshima
Directory' (including links to eyewitness
accounts of the bombing of Hiroshima ), students from the College of
Information Science at the University of Maryland have produced a hypertext
document entitled 'Enola Gay Perspectives',
and Life Magazine has published a Photo
Essay on Hiroshima .
INTERNMENT IN THE US (WWII)
Recently a professor in California has made a study of
oral history of survivors of the period and has published a draft version
of his study of "Internment:
Germans in the U.S. during World War II". He has also archived
a number of eyewitness
accounts of World War II survivors from published sources. Similarly,
a high school student (see An
Internment Experience ) from the state of Washington and libraries
in Arizona and Washington have published information on The
Internment of Japanese-Americans in the US during WW II and Camp Harmony.