Part 4

Chapter Contents

Part 2

[Introduction] [Projects] [Interpersonal] [Informational] [Pedagogical]
[Research] [Professional] [Navigational] [Conclusion]


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 United 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.


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 today's youth.

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" .


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 CROSSROADS: A Journal of Nagasaki History and Culture ), Oregon and San Francisco.


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 History Web.


Also available is a collection of Second World War posters 'Powers of 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 .


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.

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