Dear Poppa: The World War II Berman Family Letters
RUTH BERMAN, too young to write to Poppa during wartime, collected and transcribed her siblings’ and parents’ letters for publication.
JUDY BARRETT LITOFF selected for this volume those letters that speak most clearly about the children’s experiences; her Introduction ties this family’s story to the history of wartime America. She is a professor of American history at Bryant College and the editor of Since You Went Away: World War II Letters from American Women of the Home Front (1991).
Praise for Dear Poppa:
"Letters were a key to winning the Second World War. This extraordinary book views the war from the perspective of three children who composed hundreds of letters to their father stationed in Europe. Dear Poppa tells not only of the children’s wartime toys, movies, and radio shows, but also their participation in paper drives, victory gardens, and war bond campaigns, their dreams and nightmares, and their deep longing for Poppa’s safe return. His letters home are in this volume, too, making more poignant the role of letters as morale-builders in wartime."--William M. Tuttle, Jr., author of Daddy’s Gone to War
Related Links Read personal stories from World War II online at Minnesota's Greatest Generation.