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More on World War II Home Front

by Mickey (Mildred) Matzke Monsen, Becketwood Member All my high school days were during wartime—1941-1945—in a small Minnesota town, Waseca. I went to the same school building, Central School, from 1st to 12th grade. We enjoyed a huge auditorium for all ages and all sorts of programs. On December 8, 1941, everyone was in their […] Read More

Growing Up Under the Nazi Regime

by Jeanette Hofstee Milgrom, Becketwood Member   The Netherlands, WW II, 1940-1945 THE INVASION It was early in the morning. My father was shaving in the bathroom. I heard him say to my mother: “The Germans are invading our country." I had no idea what that meant. I thought that if I was hungry and […] Read More


By Carol Spearman, Becketwood Member More and more people in our community are having reactions to certain foods. For some it is a matter of feeling uncomfortable if they eat an ingredient to which they are sensitive, but for others it can be life threatening. In our congregation up north where we had a monthly […] Read More

A Mysterious Guest

 by Robert Ricks, Becketwood Member World War II and its aftermath set the course of my life. I didn’t see my father from 1942 to 1945, when he returned from the service. My father was a dentist. After Pearl Harbor, he knew dentists would be in high demand and he could supplement his income to […] Read More

World War II – The Home Front

by Patricia Cummings, Becketwood Member When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, I was 3 years old. Two years later, my silver-haired father Verne Cummings was drafted into the Army. He was 35 and the father of two. After basic training, Dad was assigned to Special Troops, Headquarters Company, 8th Infantry and spent the […] Read More