There, in Person ... From Jody Feldman
They come in all forms. Movies we see. Articles and books we read. Personal histories from friends or relatives or the very interesting stranger at the café. And while the firsthand stories will stay with me the longest, what will also long remain are the memories of having visited this battle site in person.
I had some sense of what I’d see this past June in Normandy. In the past I'd watched at least these two brilliantly different takes on the World War II invasion—The Longest Day and The Americanization of Emily. But when I stepped on the sand at Omaha Beach, I was taken by the vulnerability of our soldiers, many young kids, who had little clue how brutally they’d be attacked. Then to see, in person, the 100-foot cliffs the Army Rangers scaled at both Omaha Beach and Pont du Hoc... No words.
But I do have pictures. And I have the emotional memory of being there in person.
|WWII bombing craters at Pont du Hoc...still|
|Bunker, where the Germans lay in wait|
|The American Cemetery in Normandy|
On that same trip, Jody Feldman also had the opportunity to learn more about World War II at the Churchill War Rooms in London. Then, shortly thereafter, less than 100 miles from her home in St. Louis, Missouri, America's National Churchill Museum. All, profound experiences.