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Germans from Russia in South America | Introduction

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Like North America before the turn of the 1900s, South America was a land of opportunity—a magnet of immigration from Europe and Asia. Many of these immigrants were directly related to Germans from Russia in the United States and Canada. They were a mixture of Black Sea Germans, Volga Germans, Volhynian Germans, Bessarabian Germans, and Mennonites.

Battle of the Bulge: Denzi Pulliam

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Denzi Pulliam talks about his experience during the Battle of the Bulge and his other experiences during his 181 days of frontline duty.  From KACV's local perspective on "The War".  This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Propaganda: Donald Smith

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Donald Smith talks about the prisoner of war camp in McLean, Texas. Smith recalls watching German POWs enter the McLean POW camp and how his stereotypes turned out to be wrong.  This video is from the KACV's local perspective on "The War".  This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Battle of the Bulge: Don Kimbrough

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Don Kimbrough talks about his experience during the Battle of the Bulge and how gasoline played a role in the battle in this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War".  This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Lou Hansen: Church Bells and Europe Invasion

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In this video teaching module from the KACV's local perspective on "The War," Lou Hansen talks about church bells ringing in Lubbock signaling the beginning of the invasion of Europe.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Battle of the Bulge: Bill Brownlee

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Bill Brownlee talks about his experience fighting during the Battle of the Bulge in this video teaching module from KACV's local perspective on "The War".  This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Battle of the Bulge: Jack Patterson

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Jack Patterson talks about why the battle was called "The Battle of the Bulge" in this video teaching module from KACV's local perspective on "The War".  This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Why We Moved: Helen Neal

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Helen Neal talks about moving to Wichita, Kansas during World War II for work in this video teaching module from KACV's local perspective on "The War". This video is available in both English and Spanish audio along with  closed captions.

Pearl Harbor: Harry Lowe

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Harry Lowe shares his impressions and recollections of the attack on Pearl Harbor in this video teaching module from KACV's local perspective on "The War". On December 7th, Mr. Lowe had just finished cleaning up after a “battle of the bands” party at the Fleet Recreation Center at Pearl Harbor. In this segment he recalls enemy planes flying over, the initial reaction about the attack, and a close call he experienced.  This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

The Germans from Russia | Changes in Russia and Immigration to North America

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In this clip, Germans from Russia hear of the opportunity in America, and begin to realize that if they stay in Europe they may lose their German autonomy and be blended into the Russian culture. Although leaving is difficult, some say as hard as a death, they begin their journey from the land-locked country they have known and board ships towards the Americas for a difficult journey. The Germans from Russia: Children of the Steppe, Children of the Prairie is the story of the Germans from Russia -- agricultural pioneers on several continents whose quest for land and peace shaped them into a distinctive and enduring ethnic group.

WWII Prairie Memories | American Ingenuity and Allied Tenacity and Vengeance

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Listen to wartime accounts from Army officer Bernie Wagner, Valley City, ND; infantryman Ambrey Thomas, Moorhead, MN; Marine paratrooper Lyle Bjone, Kathryn, ND; Canadian infantryman Elmer Rempel, Morris, MB, sailor David Boisjolie, Fargo, ND; and Canadian Army signalman Sam Sadler. 

World War II veterans are extraordinary – their bravery inspires us and their sacrifices secured the freedoms we treasure. WWII Prairie Memories is an important collection of veteran voices, a precious piece of history, that communicates the personal challenges and spiritual experiences that define this generation of heroes. All three episodes are compilations of selected veteran narratives recorded at these locations: Veterans Bonanzaville USA, West Fargo ND; ND Cowboy Hall of Fame, Medora ND; Prairie Public Studios, Fargo ND; Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center, Moorhead MN; and Morris Legion, Morris MB.

World War II Veteran Earl R. Priegel - 
Chief Cook, Merchant Marines | Georgia Oral History

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Earl Priegel, born in Missouri in August of 1926, served as a cook in the Merchant Marines, traveling to ports in the Philippines, the Persian Gulf, Italy, and Aruba. Mr. Priegel remembers trying to get an assignment on a boat with an electric-powered kitchen, the daily routine on a tanker, and how little respect soldiers showed him after the war.

World War II Veteran Edward Tamas - 
Machinist 3rd Class, Navy | Georgia Oral History

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Edward Francis Tamas, born on September 4, 1927 in Pennsylvania, provides a description of his tour of duty in the Navy including his account of the battle to take Okinawa.

World War II Veteran Glenn T. York 
- Petty Officer 2nd Class, Navy | Georgia Oral History

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Glenn York recalls being a Petty Officer in the Navy, listening to Roosevelt's "Nothing to Fear" speech, and celebrating VJ-Day in Louisville, KY.

World War II Veteran Carl D. Beck 
- Master Sergeant, Army | Georgia Oral History

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Mr. Carl D. Beck, born in Missouri in November of 1925, served in the European Theater and was in the first combat on D-Day near Utah Beach. He recalls the intense ground combat he faced during Operation Market Garden, how he got mouse trapped by the Germans at the Battle of Bulge, and the Legion of Honor he received from the French.

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