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Monday, December 24, 2007

How Two American POWs Spent Their 1944 Christmas

They consume just eight entries on this blog. They include old letters from the writer, Kurt Vonnegut, and a diary my father briefly kept.

You can thank my brother Mike. He's completely unlike me. For one thing, he's responsible. If it were up to me, those old letters would probably be rotting at Chrin landfill. But he preserved everything. It's all in nice three ring binders. He even has labels and plastic paper protectors.

Those eight posts are more instructive than anything I've written in nearly one thousand entries on this blog. I thought I'd group them together for those of you who stumble across this blog over Christmas. You can read about some Americans who spent their 1944 Christmas crammed in boxcars with no food or water.

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!

A Christmas Present From Kurt Vonnegut

O'Hare's WWII Diary: "We are Being Looked After Like Pet Children by the Russians"

O'Hare's WWII Diary: Still No Word About Dresden Firebombing

Americans are Prima, not Schwein

O'Hare's WWII Diary: Half-Starved Soldier Worries About Brother in South Pacific

Battle of the Bulge: Language Error May Have Saved Lives

O'Hare's WWII Diary: A Final Glimpse at a Time When We Were "Prima"

O'Hare Describes WWII Firing Squad: "German Justice Taking Its Usual Course . . ."
Update: The Morning Call has published Vonnegut's 1945 letter in its Christmas Eve edition. "If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is."


Anonymous said...

this has been some of your best work ever Bernie and considering your fierce blogging record, that says something.

Bernie O'Hare said...

I agree, and that's because my dad and Vonnegut did most of the writing.

Gort said...

Happy Christmas my friend. Thank you for sharing your Dad's and Vonnegut's writing.

not so casual observer said...

Merry CHristmas Bernie, and thanks for what you do.

WindGapper said...

Merry Christmas Bernie! Thanks so much for sharing your dad's and Vonnegut's writings with us.

Larry Kisslinger said...

ditto to all posted here! Merry Christmas to you and yours. larry@kisslinger.com