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Patricia Sundheim

Patricia Sundheim

  • A civilian on the home front during WWII

Listen to the following sections by scrolling forward to the timecode.
0:00 - Time in South Dakota; Lead and Homestake Mine during the early years
3:00 - Listen to Hitler on the radio; family tried to keep information from their children 
5:24 - News was biased, and people accepted it; years later, nephew saw a cartoon making fun of the Japanese; many nationalities at Homestake - everyone seemed to work together
8:28 - Homestake called non-essential due to gold and was closed; men were sent to other essential mines; businesses in town made wartime supplies
16:22 - People moved to Lead after the war to find jobs; Homestake offered good jobs and recreation; class structure
24:17 - Rationing; mining was dangerous work; gas coupons; food; Victory Gardens; propaganda in movies; embarrassed by treatment of others based on nationality; did not understand internment camps
42:07 - Lead changed after the war  

Patricia Mae Sundheim  

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