I already shared our library finds for World War I and World War II, but I wanted to also share some other resources we like (that didn’t come from the library).
Jesse Owens and his Olympic run:
- My kids have read books in the past about Jesse Owens (Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive and Jesse Owens: Running into History are two we found at the library.) Between the Olympics having just happened and Owens running in Germany 3 years before Germany invaded Poland, this has led to lots of great discussions. We have talked about why sometimes people don’t like others that are different than them, how God only created one race – the human race, how the world was deceived by Hitler, and lots of other discussions.
Christian connections (here are just a few):
- Different organizations like the Gideons and the American Bible Society made sure the young men going off to war had a Bible as they went. The kids and I talked about why we thought people did this.
- Missionaries like Eric Liddell (and many others) were sent to internment camps in China by the Japanese. (Eric Liddell died in the internment camp in 1945)
- Christians like the ten Booms (Corrie ten Boom’s family) who worked to help Jews and others escape or hide from the Nazis.
- We also talked about other times in the Bible when people tried to kill the Jews – when Moses was born (babies being killed), Esther in Persia.
Fictional books ( know there are lots more than this so feel free to share your favorites):
- Twenty and Ten – I bought this 2 years ago from Amazon, lost it, and just found it last week. Yay! I can’t wait to read it with the kids.
- Snow Treasure – The kids’ grandma just recently bought them this book because she remembered it from when she was a child. Again, I’m looking forward to it.
- The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – my kids get a kick out of the fact that this book starts off talking about the bombings in London (World War II tie-in). It actually has led to great discussions about people sending their children away to safety.
My kids have watched the dvd Torchlighters: Eric Liddell and really want the newest Torchlighter dvd which is Corrie Ten Boom Story but we haven’t bought it yet. If you aren’t familiar with the Torchlighter dvds, they share the stories of missionaries. You might want to check them out (We bought the series at a homeschool convention, and they are in our chapel library as well.)
What other Christian connections or missionaries have you taught your children about during your studies of the World Wars? What great discussions have you had?