World War II

Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning

World War II: The Internment of Japanese-Americans

“This is what we did. How did it happen? How could we? Now, I have never had a comfortable feeling about that war relocation job. All the difficulties of doing it were immense.” — Dorothea Lange, in American Masters – Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning. In 1942, shortly after the U.S. entered World […]

Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning

Japanese-American Internees Today

Seventy years after Japanese-Americans first arrived at the Tanforan Assembly Center in San Bruno, CA, photographs of those men, women and children — taken in 1942 by photographers such as Dorothea Lange — and taken in recent years through 2012 by photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. — were displayed side by side at the BART system’s […]

Salinger

The Impact of World War II on Salinger’s Writing

In this film outtake from Salinger, writer David Shields discusses the relationship between Salinger’s writing and his grisly experience of World War II, where he faced both the D-Day landing and the atrocities at a subcamp of the concentration camp Dachau. Watch Film Outtake of Salinger David Shields sees World War II as a “covert […]

Salinger

Salinger’s Army Intelligence Work in World War II

J.D. Salinger served in the U.S. Army’s Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) in the field in Europe during World War II. Watch Film Excerpt from Salinger Salinger could speak both French and German and his work involved interviewing enemy prisoners and civilians. He formed a strong friendship with three other men in the CIC that would […]