The War: Companion Guide for the PBS Documentary Film Series
This guide enhances the viewing experience of this epic yet intimate look at those who sacrificed so much to serve their country during World War II. This film is directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
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Tom Wiener, Program Specialist, Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center
Elizabeth Fulford, Program Specialist, Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center
Megan Harris, Reference Specialist, Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center
Note: This guide replaces the "The War" companion website, formerly part of the "Experiencing War" series from the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress.
Created: August 2, 2022
Last Updated: November 8, 2022
As a partner with PBS, filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, on The War, the Veterans History Project (VHP) offers this special companion guide to enhance the viewing experience of this epic yet intimate look at those who sacrificed so much to serve their country during World War II. Select an episode link to view stories from veterans whose collections are now part of the Library of Congress.
Burns and Novick filmed original interview material for The War. This VHP Web feature offers you a chance to experience some of the events depicted in The War, from the attack on Pearl Harbor to V-E and V-J Day, through additional interviews--as well as letters, diaries, and memoirs--found in the Veterans History Project archives. We’ve outlined topics covered in each of the seven episodes of The War. Highlighted topics are linked to lists of veterans from our archives who participated in those events. The contents of each collection featured in this Viewers Companion may be accessed on line. These lists of World War II veterans represent a small sample of our collections from that war. We need your participation in the Veterans History Project, either as a veteran with a story or as an interviewer. Find out how to participate and learn more about the project.
The War is the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns. The war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrated that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.
(Premiered on PBS: September 23, 2007)
About the Veterans History Project
The Veterans History Project (VHP) of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.