World War II


Thu April 24, 2014

Hear Here: Life lessons from Rutka Messinger

Rutka Messinger is a retired high school literature teacher living in San Francisco’s Richmond District. But, she wasn’t born here. She was actually born in a concentration camp in Siberia at the tail end of World War II. Both her parents survived the Holocaust. Soon after Messinger was born they fled the camp and began what she calls a long and complicated story. Her family ended up in Israel, where she lived until moving to the United States.

Here, Messinger says she sees beauty all around her – especially in her neighborhood. And she says if you look for good things, you’ll see them, too.

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Tue February 11, 2014
Arts & Culture

The Bay Area connection to the "Human Secret Weapons” of World War II

Frank and Ginger Masuoka at the Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center
Melanie Young

If you read your history books, you might think that America’s involvement in the war against Japan began with the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

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