Attack on Pearl Harbor
Witnessing the Attack on Pearl Harbor & Flames in the Water

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Frank Chebetar was a 20-year old cook on a ship at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor during World War II on the morning of December 7, 1941. On the 70th anniversary of the attack, Chebetar describes what he saw on that day as the memories move him … Continue reading

1972 Summer Olympics
Jim McKay on Covering News of the Munich Massacre

Jim McKay on Covering News of the Munich Massacre

Sportscaster Jim McKay recalls being off-duty from covering the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany, when he was quickly ushered back on air to report live on the Munich massacre. He shares stories on what reporting on the crisis was like for him and his crew. To this day, … Continue reading

Rwandan Genocide
Surviving Rwandan Genocide & Forgiving Its Perpetrators

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Immaculée Ilibagiza recalls the start of the Rwandan Genocide on April 7, 1994 by the Hutu majority in Rwanda and going into hiding in a small bathroom because she was a Tutsi. She describes praying to not be caught when Hutus were looking for more victims and not being found: … Continue reading

Crime in North Korea
Escaping North Korea With the Help of a Stranger

Escaping North Korea With the Help of a Stranger

North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee describes how she escaped from North Korea in 1997 after witnessing the atrocities committed in her country. She lived as an illegal immigrant in China then sought asylum in South Korea. Lee then speaks of her tumultuous journey trying to get her family out of … Continue reading

Hurricane Katrina
New Orleans Mayor on Hurricane Katrina & What Went Wrong


Former mayor of New Orleans, Louisiana, Ray Nagin, recalls the flooding of his city during Hurricane Katrina. He remarks on how failure to adequately handle the hurricane and prevent damages and casualties had much to do with poor communication between governing powers: “Some goofy laws that basically say there is … Continue reading

8888 Uprising
8888 Uprising Stories of Four Survivors


Four people tell of their experiences on the day of the 8888 Uprising, the pro-democracy demonstrations across Rangoon and Burma that were crushed by the Burmese Junta. Although thousands of university students, monks, housewives and children were killed by the military during the uprising, government records account for only 350 … Continue reading

Nuremberg Trials
Youngest Interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials

Youngest Interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials

Patricia vander Elst was 21 years old when she was a simultaneous interpreter at the Nuremberg Trials after being recruited whilst a student at the Geneva School of Interpreters. The Nuremberg trials in Nuremberg, Germany began on November 20, 1945 and ended on October 1, 1946 held by Allied forces … Continue reading

Warsaw Ghetto
Polish Underground Fighters on Rising Up Against the Nazis


Members of the Polish Resistance discuss their memories of the Warsaw Uprising on August 2, 1944, during World War II when Polish citizens took up arms in order to liberate Warsaw from the Nazis. The resistance expected the Soviet Union’s Red Army to intervene and aid in the fight but … Continue reading

War in Afghanistan
Techniques of the Taliban to Recruit Suicide Bombers

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Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has become the frontline for war between Taliban insurgents and western troops. In this interview, two failed suicide bombers, Abdul Quboshi and Farman Ullah, discuss how they got involved with the Taliban.  The young boys explain that they were at school when the Taliban came to … Continue reading

Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Kikue Shiota Reflects on the Attack on Hiroshima


Kikue Shiota shares her experience on surviving the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945 by the U.S. during World War II. At the time of the atomic bombing, Shiota was 21 years old and she was two kilometers away from the center of the attack. Shiota recalls … Continue reading