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article imageNew Orleans Museum Memorializes WWII Events Special

By Carol Forsloff     Sep 2, 2009 in Lifestyle
On September 2, 1945, the Japanese surrender was accepted by members of the Russian, American and British delegations, among others, an event ending the Second World War. A New Orleans museum underlines the importance of remembering that war.
It’s V-J Day today as across the United States, the Philippines and Japan people remember the War in Asia and the South Pacific. In many places there are special events and exhibits, but none more poignant than those at the World War II Museum in New Orleans.
Exhibit at World War II Museum in New Orleans
This is one of many exhibits at the World War II Museum in New Orleans that shows the sacrifices and events of the Second World War.
Carol Forsloff
Those who look at the pictures along the wall at the museum, and the exhibits that are almost life-like, are reminded of how people must have sacrificed during World War II, lived in fear of invasion, and had to spend every day wondering if they would make it through to the end of the war that continued four years and in some places longer. The World War II Museum in New Orleans captures some of the agony people likely felt during the terrible times of the War. For those who don’t know the events of the Second World War, the museum captures them in an exhibit tour that allows visitors to understand what happened and appreciated the seriousness of war itself. On Saturday, just days ago, the museum prepared to welcome additional visitors as the end of World War II in Japan memorial was scheduled to take place on September 2, today
Picture of the struggle of war
This picture shows the struggle of war that occurred during the Second World War and is part of a series of pictures and exhibits at the World War II museum in New Orleans
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The war had already ended in Europe, ending the war for the Allies that included France, Great Britain, the United States, Russia and others, but the Japanese continued its efforts to prolong the war during the months in 1945 following the ending of the conflict in Europe. It was during this time that President Harry S. Truman had to make a terrible decision. Should he continue to let the war drag itself out with the real potential of more American men killed, along with Japanese, during the intense fighting campaigns that were taking place in the Pacific and Asia that was initiated originally by the bombing of Oahu at Pearl Harbor?
Poster-sized Newspaper Article  Hawaii
This newspaper front page announces the beginning of the Second World War with Japan, following the bombing of Pearl Harbor on the Island of Oahu
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Or should he use the new and awful weapon that was created in secrecy that could annihilate thousands? Truman made that decision, as controversial as it was at the time and remains decades later. He gave the orders for the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb, an episode that killed many thousands of people and left others maimed for life. These events are all shown at the New Orleans World War II museum.
Yesterday in a somber ceremony in Poland leaders in that country marked the 70th anniversary of World War II on the Baltic peninsula where the war initially began, hailing those who gave their lives to defeat Nazi Germany. The war ended in Europe on May 8, 1945, a momentous event remembered by the Allies in Europe, such as Great Britain, Russia and France as well as Poland and others in their struggles against the German army. But the war with Japan continued. It was on September 2 of that same year that General Douglas Macarthur accepted the Japanese surrender as the chronology of the war reveals. The museum takes the visitor through these awful times by way of pictures and exhibits.
World War II pictures at museum
World War II museum depicts the suffering of the war through a series of pictures showing how people lived and died during terrible times.
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The exhibits at the New Orleans World War II Museum bring to the visitor a glimpse of how particularly stressful and terrifying the war was for many people. The museum reveals how racism and nationalism divided people, caused people to be fearful of each other, created notions of superiority that allowed individuals and whole nations to be demonized.
Race and World War II
Race became an issue in the Second World War as different sides demonized each other in different ways. This poster - picture explains it
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This allowed one side or another to develop and pursue aggression or to continue the war with fervor. As an example, according to the documentation at the museum, the Americans directed their campaign at depicting the Japanese as less than human, making it possible for people to accept the very serious American response of bombing whole cities with the new atomic bomb. The Japanese, on the other hand, sought less to denigrate Americans in the same fashion, but instead addressed their racial and national superiority and thus their right to dominate others, according to the accounts related at the museum.
Pictures can, as we have learned, tell stories words cannot. Even more than pictures are exhibits that have life-like artifacts and memorabilia that bring episodes to a level of reality that allows a visitor to virtually experience some of the emotions people may have had during the terrible times of war as does an exhibit of a bunker.
Bunker used in World War II
This exhibit shows a bunker, the kind men used in order to defend themselves and position themselves for attack during the Second World War.
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Exhibits also show how men lived, what they wore and how daily life could be difficult.
Pictures and exhibit at World War II Museum
Pictures and exhibit show how people lived and sacrificed during the Second World War
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September 2, 1945 ended a war that involved millions. Those who reflect on those times from experience, or from stories told by others, likely have thoughts about the sacrifices of the people during those times of war. Even more for others may be the relief when the war ended with Japan, bringing a hope that such awful events as occurred during World War II might not happen again. If the museum does nothing more than bring these memories to life and cause reflection on the issues of war, it fulfills its mission of giving the visitor an experience to remember.
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