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Read stories from the Northern California community about how WWII affected their lives.

Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project

The Veterans History Project provides a way for volunteers to preserve first-hand accounts of war experiences. This site is maintained by the Library of Congress.

The War - A Ken Burns Film
Speaking from four quintessentially American towns: Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; Luverne, Minnesota; and Waterbury, Connecticut; Ken Burns' The War brings to life a time when the impact of World War II was felt in every American neighborhood and across the ocean divide to the battlefields of Europe and Asia.

PBS Video Clips
Watch "PBS Previews: THE WAR - A Ken Burns Film" (approx. 26 minutes)

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KQED & KTEH Productions

War Stories from Northern California

PerspectivesKQED Radio's Perspectives
World War II Veterans and their families share their perspectives.

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The War: Soldados
The War:
Bay Area Stories
Produced by KQED, this one-hour documentary tells the compelling wartime stories of veterans and citizens on the homefront in the San Francisco Bay Area. San Francisco has always been a destination for diversity and this documentary will reveal the impact of World War II on the wide mosaic of communities that comprise our region.


The War: Nisei Soldiers
Produced by KTEH, this program tells the story of Japanese American veterans in the South Bay and Central Coast who fought valiantly for their country despite the internment of their families by the U.S. Government. This 30 minute documentary will illuminate their bravery and struggles and ask the question, who can be called an American?


The War: Soldados
Produced by KTEH, this thirty-minute documentary tells the story of the Latino veterans of the South Bay and Central Coast. These brave young men, many of whom were farm workers, enlisted or were drafted into the US Armed Forces. Many felt the need to prove that they were patriotic and deserved the civil rights and liberties of all Americans. Their experiences overseas changed them and when they came home, they became involved in both social justice and community issues. Cesar Chavez, one of the veterans, helped found the United Farm Workers union. Spanish translation available on SAP.


FAQ: Latino Stories from WWII
An estimated half-million Latino servicemen answered the country's call during WWII, but their stories have remained largely untold and obscure. Produced by KQED, this 30-minute program will explore this topic with a panel discussion and taped interviews that tell a sweeping story of immigration and patriotism, and a war that shaped homefront communities in decisive new ways. From prison cells in Berlin to the date fields of California's Coachella Valley, WWII changed a generation of American Latinos who developed a new vision for the future.