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August 21, 2012 2:35 PM Subscribe
What was this long essay about World War II that I read on the internet a few years ago?
posted by theodolite to Writing & Language (2 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Very long, reflective essay (probably ~50 print pages) by the son (grandson?) of a WW2 veteran about America's selective memory and organized forgetting of what happened during the war. Lots of discussion of the author's (grand?)father not speaking about his experience for decades, and his reluctance when he eventually started talking about it. I'm certain it opened by talking about a particular old tiger sculpture tchochke the author had in his house, although I can't remember how that related to the rest of the piece. I don't think it was from a magazine or blog, but posted on its own on the guy's website.