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Glenn Frazier: Nightmares and forgiveness
Returning home, Glenn Frazier brought nightmares and had to learn forgiveness.
Interview outtakes from THE WAR:
"When I got back home, my family and my hometown, turned out to me and my brother, he came back from Europe the same day, a warm homecoming welcome. I mean it couldn't of been better. And everything was just great, people were nice to me and so forth. But when I went into the house at night, I go to bed, go to sleep, I started having nightmares. And I fought nightmares for 29 years. And the more I fought 'em, it was just like real life. I mean I was jumping off of bridges. I was under railroad cars. I was hiding. I was running, and the Japanese was after with clubs and rifles and so forth. The nightmare was just as real as they were in real life while I was there. So I brought home a whole 29 to 30 years of nightmares in fighting the Jap, the Japanese. And this built up further the hatred. When I left Japan I had all kinds of hatred for these people. And it was so imbedded into me, I felt like I was justified to have hate. I just thought hate was part of my, I felt like I, I deserved to be able to hate those people. And I hated everybody that I'd see riding in a Japanese car. If any of my family bought a Japanese car, I'd criticize him for it, and tell 'em, you know, look, if you don't have enough money to buy an American car I'll let you have some money to get, help you buy American car. But I had to get rid of that hate, and it took me 29 years to realize that that's why my health was going bad. That's why my whole life was miserable, because of the hate. And they, and my preacher ask, the preacher I was going to asked me to, I had to give, forgive myself and had to forgive them. I said, 'Forgive the Japanese? You're kidding. How in the world can I do that?' I said, 'They've never apologized to me. Or anybody else. They never made any effort to, to smooth over the what they did to us. So why shouldn't I hate 'em. I hafta.' He said, 'Well, you not gonna make it that way.' And until I got on my knees at night and start praying and asking God to help me with hate and forgiveness, my life started changing."