Edited by Hollis, Renee
'We are only a small and young nation, but we are one and all a band of brothers and we march forward with a union of hearts and wills to a common destiny.' - Michael Joseph Savage, Prime Minister of New Zealand, upon the outbreak of WWII in 1939 Voices of World War II shows the ...human side of war through dozens of first-hand memories, stories, and reflections on life during wartime in New Zealand and overseas. A visually captivating compendium of photographs and written accounts, it provides a snapshot of what life was like during WWII, from the point of view of those who lived through it. Descriptions are given by a solider lying in his tent, hearing bombs land close by; young school children explain what it was like to have bomb shelter practices at school; a Land Girl meets the farmer she would work with for the first time. Stories are shared about leaving New Zealand and heading into the unknown, as well as WWI-veteran fathers refusing to send their sons to war. Women share what life was like as a WAAF, Wren or nurse overseas. In this collection of memories sent in by families across New Zealand, you will find a rare insight into wartime life across generations and vocations. Fascinating and genuine, it is both a tribute to the resilience and bravery of those who served in WWII, and a historical account which will teach younger generations about the lives of their ancestors.Read more
Renee Hollis is an author, photographer and organizer of collaborative projects for creative artists. She was previously a primary school teacher in New Zealand, the Cook Islands and Botswana. Renee's other books include Keepers of History: New Zealand centenarians tell their stories.
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