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S: John Bradley and Edith Hahn Beer

FC: World War II: A Story of Survival

1: Flags of Our Fathers explores the lives of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima. From their births, through school, their training, the battle, and their lives up until their deaths the reader begins to truly understand and get to know the lives of the six brave men who became a symbol of hope in America. Through reading this book I learned what it would have been like to be in the Navy during World War II and how hard it would have been to leave your friends, family, and everything you have ever known to fight for your country. “The real heroes of Iwo Jima are the ones who didn’t come home,” a quote made by John Bradley in remembrance of the people he knew and lost on the Island X, Iwo Jima, but after reading this book, I disagree. Every one of those men who fought for our country, even when they were doubted by the world, is a hero in my eyes.

2: John Bradley was a well decorated Navy officer. The first award he earned was the Navy Cross, which is the highest award given in the Navy and the second highest award given for valor. The next award is the Purple Heart which is given to those who are harmed or killed in battle. The Campaign Medal was received because he spent more than 60 consecutive days fighting for America outside of the Country. The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign medal was awarded to everyone who fought in the Pacific Theatre during World War II. And lastly the World War II Victory medal was awarded to everyone who fought in World War II.


4: "The real heros of Iwo Jima are the ones who didn't come home."

5: MAKING MEMORIES | Mike Strank, Ira Hayes, Franklin Sousley, Harlon Block, and Rene Gagnon


7: { | { | NAVY

8: Life After the War

9: Last survivor of the 6 flag raisers, died onJanuary 11, 1994 at age 70. | "The friends we meet on the path of life make the trip worth while."

10: Guiding Questions: To what extent will a person go to feel safe? During the Holocaust, it was nearly impossible for a person of Jewish background to feel safe. Edith Hahn disguised herself as an Aryan and was protected by her Nazi husband, and she still never truly felt safe. Every knock on the door or random passerby was a threat to her and that in itself was something she could never escape. So to answer the question of the extent to which a person will go to feel safe, sometimes there is no alternative other than to lock a person’s identity away and become a completely different person in order to survive. During World War II within the Navy it was hard for a person to find a way to feel safe. Soldiers were constantly moving from place to place, fighting all odds just to survive. Trying new tactics that have never before been accomplished. So for Doc, Ira, Mike, Harlon, Franklin, and Rene the only way they could feel safe was to either fight for their families and the opportunity to go home, or to know that death was an eventual and unavoidable end to their long journey. How was life for people during World War II different than today? People living during World War II had a very different life than we do today. Not only do we have more technology and therefore it is easier to communicate with each other, but our understanding of the world has greatly increased through research, experience, and the ability to learn from our mistakes. The Jewish race dealt with restrictions on food, living space, rights, and so much more that changed their quality of life. They lived in fear of Nazi officers or of neighbors who might make something up just because they didn’t like them, and especially the genocide created and operated by Hitler and his party.

11: The Nazi Officer’s Wife helped me to understand the fears that a Jew in hiding deals with every second of every day. The fear that a mother has while going into the hospital to deliver her baby made even greater by the possibility that by delivering your baby, it is discovered that you are actually a Jewish woman in hiding and the possibility of being sent to a death camp or losing your child to the authorities. The possibility that your husband, your protector, the only thing standing between you and death may be killed while serving a party he only joined for the benefits not because of his beliefs. The fact that your mother is probably dead but you may never know and you can never be caught mourning her absence. The constant lies that surround one’s life and the possibility that you may never be able to tell the truth as well as the fear that you may eventually forget. Losing the one you love because it is impossible for you to be with him and survive. Before this book, I understood that life was hard, but now I have learned that nothing could be taken for granted every person was a threat and living in hiding was not life at all.

12: Leopold Hahn: Edith's Father

13: Child- Hood | Klondithe Hahn: Edith's Mother

14: so many | Each memory we keep with care means future happiness to share.


17: Asparagus Plantation

18: Thanks to Maria and Christil

19: A New Life: Margarethe Denner

20: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. ~Cathy Allen

22: Post War!

25: Nazi Germany

27: It's The Little Things In Life That Matter

28: Other Similarities to My Life:

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