Seminar Focuses on Girls During World War II

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Children’s entertainment dramatically changed over the last 70 years, especially during the time of war.

A special seminar was held Thursday night at Willard Libary about the role of children’s radio programs during World War II.

University of Southern Indiana Assistant History Professor Stella Ress focused specifically on their impact on young girls in Vanderburgh County. She says her goal is to give adolescent girls a voice.

“Nobody really talks about what children are doing in particular what girl children are doing,” said Ress. “Their voices have been silenced in the past, and so today it’s really about bringing that story to life and literally giving a voice to the pre-adolescent girls during World War II.”

Ress says young girls played four roles during World War II: supporter, soldier, shopper, and sidekick.

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