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By Emily Z.
Grade 7, Pennsylvania

SheÆs too young!

My grandmother is too young! I interviewed my grandmother, Elaine Tavel, and there was no one else involved in this interview. This interview was held in the time span of about thirty minutes, and was in my kitchen while my Gran-E was cleaning our toaster oven.

Elaine was still in school when the war was on; she was also too young to have a war job. Some of ElaineÆs family and friends went to war but luckily all of them came back. Elaine remembers that during the war, sugar, gas, and shoes were rationed. Elaine says that during the war, it was harder for her to understand because she couldnÆt see it on television. She also vaguely remembers signs that the war department hung at bus stops. A newsreel was when news was showed at the movies. Newsreels were played during the time when previews would be playing today, and Elaine often went to the movies during the war, with her friends. Elaine remembers re-using tinfoil and saving scraps to help the war effort. Elaine remembers being excited on D-day, even though she was a little young. Elaine says that hearing all of the lurid things that Hitler and Emperor Horopito did, made her abhor them, and she thinks that they are awful men, but her most vivid memory of the war is participating in air-raid drills, having blackout curtains, and being scared in the dark.

This interview was rather intense for both parties involved. I kind of felt like my Gran-E was not in the mood to talk about World War II. During the interview I felt sad because I brought up something my grandma possibly did not want to remember. I can barely even imagine having to participate in an air-raid drill. I would have been so terrified in my grandmaÆs place. I donÆt know how she dealt with it but she did, and I am proud to say that she lived to tell about it, I still think sheÆs too young though!



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