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Articles for November 2015 

Nov 23, 2015

Thanksgiving Memories

Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Librarian

In past years, I have written about the true meaning of Thanksgiving, giving thanks. This year, I'll just get down to what most people think about when they think of Thanksgiving: food. We know that Thanksgiving is a harvest festival, a time to give thanks for the bounties of nature... or for having enough food to survive for another year. Thanksgiving is also a time for family and friends to…  MORE >>


Nov 16, 2015

German Concentration Camps

Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Librarian

This month, I have been writing about internment camps, concentration camps, prisoner of war camps. These camps are a far cry from the summer camps of Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls, and church groups. Some camps were horrific, filled with cruelty beyond understanding. In others, people lived a semblance of everyday life. But there were some common elements. Most of the people incarcerated lost…  MORE >>

Topics: General

Nov 9, 2015

Civilian Internment in the Philippines

Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Librarian

I recently read Escape from Los Banos: The Most Daring Prison Camp Raid of World War II by Bruce Henderson. The author needed a proofreader, but it is a fascinating story - especially for me because my grandfather was one of the internees, Septimus Thomas Bodley Whitaker. (The photo is his passport picture taken right before he returned to the United States). The author featured a few people's…  MORE >>

Topics: General

Nov 2, 2015

Japanese Incarceration

Suzanne Sanderson, Plymouth Librarian

In Librarian-speak, what is now being referred to as the "Japanese Incarceration" of World War II is called "Japanese Americans: Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945". That's how you would search for the topic in a library catalog. As 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the closing of the relocation camps - Minidoka, Manzanar, and all the rest - which held nearly 120,000 people, there is a…  MORE >>

Topics: General
Articles for November 2015