About this Website

The site was developed through a collaboration between HoustonPBS and the Instructional Technology Program at the University of Houston's College of Education.

The purpose of the web site is to support the Ken Burns documentary film, THE WAR, which will be broadcast locally on HoustonPBS, and nationally, on more than 100 other PBS stations, beginning in September, 2007.

The 14-hour film explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective. This epic film focuses on the stories of citizens from four geographically distributed American towns, Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and Luverne, Minnesota.

On the pages of this website, you will find stories created by graduate students and faculty members from the University of Houston, as well as personal stories submitted by those who were affected directly or indirectly by the war and its aftermath. In addition, you will be able to submit your own stories, and find resources that will help you to learn more about this definitive era in history through the words and deeds of those who experienced it.


  • Connie Hill
  • Ann Beall Crider
  • Michael Carr

University of Houston College of Education

  • James Adams
  • Nancy Barnhart
  • Xiongying Deng
  • Danna Eichenold
  • Juan Hernandez
  • Janet Grobe Hood
  • James Holcomb
  • Valerie Lawhorn
  • Lisa McMillan
  • Judy Meyers
  • Brian Plankis
  • Julie Powell
  • Anne Rudnicki
  • Christopher Stein
  • Maria V. Tejada-Simon
  • Sun Hwang
  • Stacey Wiggins
Special thanks to Jamie Adams for his creative work on many of the videos on this site; and to Daniel Sellers for his tireless and innovative work designing the graphic layout and infrastructure for the site, especially, the online submission system.


A number of people and organizations contributed material for this website. They include:

The Houston Techers Institute


The Holocaust Museum Houston


Randy Green (Artist)


Lawrence Hickey (Author)