World Wars I & II were unique. After hundreds of years, humanity was faced with a war on a scale that nobody had ever experienced. And this happened twice within 30 years.
Much changed between WWI and WWII, so each time, different generations and different groups of people were affected.
WWII seems to be the war that most remember, possibly because we are closer in time to this tragic war than WWI. But it’s also possible because the atrocity seemed so much worse the second time around. Soldiers who had fought enemies, hunger, and sickness had come home from WWI, and then their sons were sent to the front. The loss of life was still so fresh in everybody’s minds, and it was happening again. And then there was the Holocaust (although not many knew of these horrific crimes until the war ended.)
Is one war worse than another? Is the first time harder because you have no clue what’s happening, or is the second time harder because you do know what’s happening?
Today’s generations seem to have a fascination with this tumultuous time period. Movies come out every year about one war or the other (War Horse, Boy in the Striped Pajamas, etc) and books cover the topic extensively, from the politics to the widows to the POW camps. We even examine the propaganda from this time period. This topic has so much depth to it that one can never know everything about it. Each family experienced something different, each widow had a different grief, and every single politician had a different theory.
The Lanzis I shows what life was like for an Italian family who experienced both wars and the fascist governments, and still had to live their daily lives. A young boy comes of age, a mother learns new lessons every day.
What stories do you have to share about WWI, WWII, or any even during that time period? Do you have stories from your grandparents or aunts and uncles? Or do you just read about this period a lot? What books or movies particularly resonate with you?