Through the Eyes of Innocents

Through the Eyes of Innocents

Children Witness World War II

Book - 2000
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Baker & Taylor
A developmental psychologist discusses children's perceptions of World War II

Perseus Publishing
A first-hand account of the horrors World War II inflicted upon children around the world, based on journals, diaries, and letters.

World War II was the first modern war in which more civilians than soldiers were killed or maimed: When it ended in August 1945, more than thirty-nine millions civilians had died as a direct result of the war, and some thirteen million of these were children. In Through the Eyes of Innocents, Emmy Werner tells the story of the children of World War II through their own words. Drawing on diaries, letters, and journals kept by youngsters caught up in the war, Werner shows the universality of their experience. Children and teenagers from a dozen countries - England, Germany, France, Japan, the former Soviet Union, Austria, Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Poland and the United States - are all represented in some 200 eye-witness accounts. Werner focuses on their shared reactions to the war, the hardships they endured, how they coped, and how the war experience shaped their lives. The message they share with other children in contemporary wars is an extraordinary affirmation of life and the sustaining power of hope and human decency.

Book News
Drawing on the diaries and letters of some 200 youngsters from European countries, the former Soviet Union, Japan, and the US, Werner (developmental psychology, U. of California, Davis) represents their perceptions of World War II and their resilience. Includes photos, drawings, and posters; and a 1939-45 chronology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Boulder, CO : Westview Press, c2000
ISBN: 9780813335353
Branch Call Number: 940.53 WER
Characteristics: xiv. 271 p. : ill. ; 26 cm


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