Monday, November 10, 2008

Time in a Film Canister

The grandchildren of recently deceased Englewood,Colorado man found "time in a bottle" after his passing. But in this case it was time in three old film canisters. As Brian Williams reports here; they had the film developed and on it were black and white scenes of dogfights over the French and German countryside. The film is of very good quality and gives a never before seen glimpse of this part of the war.

But there's something missing (as far as I'm concerned anyway. What was the film makers story? Why didn't he share the footage with his children and grandchildren while he was still alive? Where was it stored? What was the story?

So many WWII veterans pass away before telling their story. This story really brings home what seems to be happening more and more. If you know a veteran of WWII, please, please...take the time to hear their story. And then go one step further; write it down. It saddens me to think that this man, who I hope led a wonderful and fulfilled life, didn't share what was behind the lens of the camera before the story was gone forever. So please-take time today, won't you?


Anonymous said...

Hi Karen,

Is there a Veterans hospital near you? If you were to visit, perhaps some of the veterans there would like to share their stories.

Did you watch the Vietnam War drama, "China Beach"- back in the late 80s early 90s? One of my favorite shows of all time.

Barbara Martin said...

Karen, from those men whom I have spoken to, I was told they did not want to relive those horrid and tragic days. Even my uncle, when I presented him with a photo of his best friend on a motorcycle in England taken during WWII, ripped it up infront of me (to my shock). The man had died in a dogfight over Germany and my uncle admonished me over presenting the photo as he wanted to forget. This may be a reason why.

Karen L. Alaniz said...

Gypsy- I didn't watch China Beach. I remember hearing about it but didn't watch it. I really wasn't interested in all this until it became personal about ten years or so ago.

There is a VA hospital nearby actually, right here in my town. Great idea!

Wow Barbara- that's really sad. I agree it is a difficult line to walk. I haven't had any negative experiences like that. In fact, it's been quite the opposite. Every veteran I've talked to (from that era) have been more than anxious to tell their story. That doesn't mean there aren't any hard parts or tears, but my experience has been that there is healing in the retelling. It makes sense that this isn't true for all though. I'm so sorry for your uncle. The memories he lives with must be so painful. I hope that he has found some peace. ~Karen

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