Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Voices of Oklahoma

Are you new to Oklahoma? A returning student who wants to know more about their home state? Voices of Oklahoma, a new website founded by John Erling, long time radio voice for Tulsa's KRMG, includes hundreds of wide-ranging recorded interviews from famous Oklahomans and ordinary citizens, "first-person accounts of the way life was" in Oklahoma and the rest of the world.

Famous Oklahomans such as Boone Pickens, Barry Switzer, Henry Bellmon, Chester Cadieux and Wilma Mankiller, are all featured.

Take a look.

Take a listen.

And welcome back to SWOSU!

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The Holocaust

11 million dead.....of this six million were Polish Jews and three million Christians. Others were people that the Germans thought to be racially inferior and degenerate and therefore worthless. Courageous resisters and the members of Poland's Underground Army were killed for defending the lives of thousands of its Jewish and non-Jewish citizens. Hitler wanted to replace Jesus Christ as a person to be worshiped and expected his followers to worship the Nazi ideology theology. To achieve this goal, thousands of Catholic priests and Christian pastors were forced into concentration camps.

Why did Hitler cause 11 million to die? Hitler came to power in 1933 during severe economic hardship following the defeat in WWI. He used propaganda techniques to convince the German people that he would use military actions to restore Germany to a position of power. Greed was a primary factor (Hitler's Beneficiaries and Hell's Cartel).

1945....sixty-six years after the liberation of the concentration camps, there are those who deny the Holocaust happened (Denying the Holocaust). The library has both fiction and non-fiction books and videos on "The Holocaust". Clara's War is a story about fifteen people who survived two years in a dugout under the house of the Jewish family's housekeeper and her anti-Semitic husband. I want to read Upon the Head of a Goat, The Shawl, The Red Magician and The Hiding Place. Also, All Rivers Run to the Sea, Behind the Secret Window, and Child Survivors of the Holocaust are survivor stories. Stories about people who risked their lives to save the Jews....Schindler's List (both in print and video), In Search of Sugihara and The Zookeeper's Wife are available in the Al Harris Library. Summaries of the books can be found in the catalog of the library website.

Get Your Kicks on Route 66!

Take a tour of Oklahoma’s rich Route 66 landscape and learn about our stretch of the Mother Road. Check out our Route 66 museums (one in nearby Clinton!), beautiful old bridges, the Round Barn, the giant blue whale and who can forget the Rock CafĂ© featured in Disney’s hit Cars. Stop by SWOSU libraries and check out or display featuring maps, guide books and historical narratives of Route 66. Visit the Oklahoma Route 66 Association's website here for more info.