If you lived in 1944, you would be in your 90’s today. The amount of history one would have lived through would be immense. For the 16 million who served in WWII, fewer than 500,000 American veterans of World War II are believed to be alive today according to John Long from National D-day Memorial.
So how can we learn about a moment in history that occurred before we were born? One way would be listening to stores from our relatives if they were there. Another way would be through libraries and archives which can help us to learn about a historical event better than Google. The National Archives houses documents, pictures, and videos pertaining to our history. The website has a page titled, “Records Relating to D-Day” found here. If you scroll further down on the page, you can find a lot of information regarding D-Day under “Other NARA Resources.” For example, there was a news war correspondent, Jack Lieb, who worked for Hearst’s News to cover the war. If you click here you will find a page about Lieb and a video he took of what was it like in England during the war.
You can also obtain a lot of online information with a New York Public Library card. When I search D-Day on the library’s website and narrow my search to online material, about 115 ebooks show up which, with a valid library card, are available to all New York State residents.
Here at Touro Libraries, we also have information on D-Day. For example, this video tells of Dwight D. Eisenhower as a soldier. If you can’t come to a Touro library, we have e-books that you can read online! In order to do so, search under D-Day in Quick Search on the library website at tourolib.org, narrow your search down to e-books, and you will find plenty of great resources.
You can also remotely check our databases with off-campus access to find scholarly articles dating from the 1940s to present. JSTOR is a great database for historical events, so when I put in D-Day as my search, I found 5736 articles here.
You may ask, how about articles covering D-Day overtime in the New York Times? Our database “Historical New York Times” contains 18,814 articles on D-Day. Or you want to read the original New York Times article with the headline “ALLIED ARMIES LAND IN FRANCE IN THE HAVRE-CHERBOURG AREA; GREAT INVASION IS UNDER WAY”? You can do that too by searching again the Historical New York Times database.
Contributed by Joan Wagner, Chief Librarian, Bay Shore Library
ALLIED ARMIES LAND IN FRANCE IN THE HAVRE-CHERBOURG AREA; GREAT INVASION IS UNDER WAY. (1944, Jun 06). New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/106935024?accountid=14375
Ruane, Michael E. 2019. “75 Years After D-Day, Veteran Still Wonders Why He was Spared.” Washington Post, -06-03T07:00-500. https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2019/06/03/years-after-d-day-veteran-still-wonders-why-he-was-spared/.
Strahan, Jerry E. 1998. Andrew Jackson Higgins and the boats that won World War II. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.