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Conversations with veterans oral historians and storytellers.

Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast The Social Voice Project, Inc.

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Conversations with veterans oral historians and storytellers.

    Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 43): James Van Keuren

    Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 43): James Van Keuren

    Dr. James Van Keuren



    WWII POW Camps in Ohio 







     







    ABOUT THIS EPISODE



    On episode 43 of Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast, we talk with James Van Keuren about his book, World War II POW Camps in Ohio. Drawing on first-person accounts from soldiers, former POWs and residents, as well as archival research, Dr. Van Keuren delves into the neglected history of Ohio's POW camps.



    During the 1940s, more than six thousand prisoners of war resided at nine camps in Ohio. The Italian POWs arrived first, charming "the locals with their affable, easygoing natures, while their German successors often put on a serious, intractable front."



    Some local residents fondly recall working alongside the prisoners and reuniting with them later in life. Others held the prisoners in disdain, feeling that they were coddled while natives struggled with day-to-day needs.







     



     



     



     



    This podcast episode was recorded March 24, 2020 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Host: Kevin Farkas.  Guest: James Van Keuren. Audiography: Kevin Farkas/The Social Voice Project. Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Raccoon Uniforms (“Silver Linings”), Amoebacrew (“Light Indie Rock”), Gianpiero Lupoli (“Rebirth”).  Addition audio (available on YouTube.com): Texas Historical Commission (“Nazi POW Camp in Texas”), TheTigerNextDoor (“Italian prisoners of war in the USA - documentary film Prisoners in Paradise”), OTIS! (“WHY YOU'RE STUPID TO NOT STUDY HISTORY”).  ©Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast/The Social Voice Project.  All rights reserved.



     











    World War II POW Camps in Ohio



    By Dr. James Van Keuren



    During World War II, more than six thousand prisoners of war resided at Camp Perry near Port Clinton and its branch camps at Columbus, Rossford, Cambridge, Celina, Bowling Green, Defiance, Marion, Parma and Wilmington. From the start, the camps were a study in contradictions. The Italian prisoners who arrived first charmed locals with their affable, easygoing natures, while their German successors often put on a serious, intractable front. Some local residents fondly recall working alongside the prisoners and reuniting with them later in life. Others held the prisoners in disdain, feeling that they were coddled while natives struggled with day-to-day needs. Drawing on first-person accounts from soldiers, former POWs and residents, as well as archival research, Dr. Jim Van Keuren delves into the neglected history of Ohio's POW camps.



    Dr. James Van Keuren is a retired professor of educational administration and dean of the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University, as well as a former high school teacher, principal and superintendent. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, and his most recent book, A Tribute to the 109th Evacuation Hospital (SM), traces his father-in-law’s service during World War II. Van Keuren has been married to his wife, Pat, for forty-nine years, and they have two daughters, Michelle (Drew) Scott and Christie (Dale) Murdoch, in addition to grandchildren Hailey Scott, Weston Murdoch and Cooper Murdoch.



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    Nazi POW Camp in Texas by Texas Historical Commission



    A former U.S. military prison guard and a former Nazi prisoner of war both describe their experiences at Camp Hearne during World War II. This video was produced for our heritage travel app, Texas Time Travel Tours.

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    Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 42): Stefano Ballini

    Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 42): Stefano Ballini

    Stefano Ballini



    The Red Trickle of the Soul 



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    ABOUT THIS EPISODE



    On episode 42 of Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast, we talk with Italian filmmaker Stefano Ballini about preserving veterans stories, the moral injury of war, and his most recent documentary, The Red Trickle of the Soul--featuring Pittsburgh area veterans of WWII, Cold War, and Vietnam War.



    This podcast episode was recorded June 26, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Host: Kevin Farkas.  Guest: Stefano Ballini. Audiography: Kevin Farkas/The Social Voice Project. Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Amoebacrew (“Light Indie Rock”), Gianpiero Lupoli (“Rebirth”), Kevin MacLeod (“Ambiment”). Additional Audio (available on The Social Voice Project): The Social Voice Project (Alle-Kiski Chronicle (Ep08) – Stefano Ballini | Monte Sole Landing Memories”).  Addition audio (available on YouTube.com): Stefano Ballini (“Trailer - Il Rivolo Rosso dell'Anima - The Red Trickle of the Soul"). TheLBJLibrary (“The Vietnam War Summit: One, Two, Three: What Are We Fighting For?”). ©Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc.  All rights reserved.



     



    Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast (Ep42)



    Stefano Ballini – The Red Trickle of the Soul



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    ED BLANK: Was, and am, extremely proud of my military service.



    GEORGE HAUGHT: Within the first twelve hours I saw more death and destruction than most people would in a lifetime.



    AL DEFAZIO: I come from a little town called, Altavilla Irpina, in the province of Avellino.



    STEFANO BALLINI: This is Stefano Ballini and are you are listening to the Veteran Voices History Podcast.



    CAROLE ZIPPY BRENNAN: When my dad and I were alone, he told different stories.  He told about the only regret he ever had—the regret of the boy who died in his arms.  Both of them just kids, nineteen years old. And when my dad told me that story about not being able to get the address and the names of that young man, he said to me, “I just wanted them to know that their son died in the arms of a fellow soldier.  He didn’t die out on the battle field.  He didn’t die in a muddy trench.”  And my dad, at ninety-one, started to cry.  He remembered all of those stories.  And we have to remember the stories of all the men who fought.  Stefano, there are not enough words to say thank you for keeping the memory of Frank [Gervasi], and Michael [Vernillo], and my dad [Vittorio Zippi], and my uncle [Lou], and countless others—you’re keeping them alive.  You are a witness.  Thank you, Stefano. You are a witness.



    ANNOUNCER: You are listening to a production of The Social Voice Podcast Network.



    KEVIN FARKAS (PODCAST HOST): We have a very special guest today from Italy. His name is Stefano Bellini. He's a filmmaker and documentarian specializing in veterans’ stories.  And Stefano is here in the United States, he’s here in Pittsburgh, to show his English version of his latest film, The Red Trickle of the Soul. Welcome Stefano, to Pittsburgh.



    STEFANO BALLINI: Thank you, thank you.



    This is your second time here?



    Yes.



    Very exciting?



    Yes.



    You love Pittsburgh. [laughter]



    Yes, I love Pittsburgh.  I love it so much. [laughter]



    Your film, The Red Trickle of the Soul, is your second documentary film.



    Yes.



    Before we get into talking about your film, tell us a little bit about your background, what you do in Italy, and your interest in filmmaking.



    Yes, I started about 8 years ago with the first film called, Il Treno che Bucò il Fronte. In English, The Train Through the Warfront. It is the story of my father who embarked in Anzio with the allies in ...

    • 23 min
    Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast – Episode 18

    Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast – Episode 18

    Daniel M. Cohen | Single-Handed



    The inspiring true story of Tibor “Teddy” Rubin







     







    ABOUT THIS EPISODE



    On Episode 18 of Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast, we talk with Daniel M. Cohen, filmmaker and author of Single-Handed, the inspiring true story of Tibor “Teddy” Rubin–Holocaust survivor, Korean War hero and Medal of Honor recipient.



    This podcast episode was recorded August 9, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Host: Kevin Farkas.  Guest: Daniel M. Cohen.  Audiography: Kevin Farkas.  Music available on Soundcloud.com: Moist Appointment (Is It Really So Surprising), SNX (Shooting Stars), Sergey Pismennyy (Transition), Marcel du Preez (Firepower). ©Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc.  All rights reserved.



     



     







    ABOUT THE PODCAST



    The Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast features conversations with those who tell veterans' stories in creative and interesting ways, such as oral historians, authors, poets, playwrights, and photographers. This podcast is a production of The Social Voice Project, Inc., dedicated to understanding the voices and stories of our lives through the first-hand, authentic accounts of lived experiences we call oral histories. The podcast was formerly produced by the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, a veteran-run, award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



    Host Kevin Farkas is a US Navy veteran and independent multimedia producer specializing in creative sound design and audio engineering.  He has produced several audiobooks, radio dramas, live storytelling events, a podcast network, videos, as well as print and digital media publications.



     



     







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    • 52 min
    Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 41): Mike Lombardi

    Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 41): Mike Lombardi

    Mike Lombardi | It Was Hard 



     







     







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    On Episode 41 of Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast, we talk about vicarious storytelling. After veterans are gone, who will tell their stories? Our guest is army airborne veteran of the Cold War, Mike Lombardi, who shares the story of his father, Master Sergeant Archie Lombardi.



     



    This podcast episode was recorded October 2, 2018 in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Host: Kevin Farkas.  Guest: Mike Lombardi. Audiography: Kevin Farkas/The Social Voice Project, Inc. Music (available on SoundCloud.com): Floxyde (“Misery,” “Hypnosis,” “Bada01”).  Addition audio (available on YouTube.com): OakRidgejet (“JFK - Remarks at West Point to the Graduating Class of the U.S. Military Academy, June 6, 1962”), Việt Tráng Sĩ  (“Green Berets Original Soundtrack Written By Miklós Rózsa”). ©Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc.  All rights reserved.



     



     



     







    ABOUT THE PODCAST



    The Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast features conversations with those who tell veterans' stories in creative and interesting ways, such as oral historians, authors, poets, playwrights, and photographers. This podcast is a production of The Social Voice Project, Inc., dedicated to understanding the voices and stories of our lives through the first-hand, authentic accounts of lived experiences we call oral histories. The podcast was formerly produced by the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, a veteran-run, award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



    Host Kevin Farkas is a US Navy veteran and independent multimedia producer specializing in creative sound design and audio engineering.  He has produced several audiobooks, radio dramas, live storytelling events, a podcast network, videos, as well as print and digital media publications.



     



     







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    • 37 min
    Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 40): Nick Grimes

    Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 40): Nick Grimes

    Nick Grimes | Tell Me a Story 

    (This episode contains explicit language or subject matter)





     







    ABOUT THIS EPISODE



    On Episode 40 of Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast, we talk with Nick Grimes, army veteran of Afghanistan and director of the Veterans Breakfast Club's Post-9/11 Veterans Storytelling Project, about what defines a Post-9/11 era veteran, live storytelling events, the truth in oral history, and how best to thank today's veterans.



    This episode was recorded April 9, 2017 in Homestead, Pa. Host: Kevin Farkas.  Guest: Nick Grimes. Audiography: Kevin Farkas, Bryan Chemini.  Music (available at Soundcloud.com):  David Hyde (“21st Aug 3”), les.wray (“Pretty Surfer Girl Just Rode Off on Her Motorbikel”), hxppy (“Rock1”).  Additional audio (available on YouTube.com):  The Orchard Music (Frankie Lane and Jimmy Boyd – “Tell Me a Story”).  ©Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc.  All rights reserved.



     



     



     







    ABOUT THE PODCAST



    The Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast features conversations with those who tell veterans' stories in creative and interesting ways, such as oral historians, authors, poets, playwrights, and photographers. This podcast is a production of The Social Voice Project, Inc., dedicated to understanding the voices and stories of our lives through the first-hand, authentic accounts of lived experiences we call oral histories. The podcast was formerly produced by the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, a veteran-run, award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



    Host Kevin Farkas is a US Navy veteran and independent multimedia producer specializing in creative sound design and audio engineering.  He has produced several audiobooks, radio dramas, live storytelling events, a podcast network, videos, as well as print and digital media publications.



     



     







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    • 37 min
    Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 39): Teresa Funke

    Veteran Voices Podcast (Ep 39): Teresa Funke

    Teresa Funke



    Historical Fiction 







     







    ABOUT THIS EPISODE



    On Episode 39 of Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast, we talk with author Teresa Funke about historical fiction, oral history, the art of conversation, and why it matters more than ever to preserve the stories of the WWII generation.



    Teresa Funke is an award-winning author of numerous books based on true-life stories from the WWII era.  She is the owner of Teresa Funke & Company and Victory House Press. She is also a nationwide speaker offering keynotes and presentations and a popular writer’s coach.



    This episode was recorded September 26, 2017. Host: Kevin Farkas.  Guest: Teresa Funke. Audiography: Kevin Farkas.  Music (available at Soundcloud.com): Dave Delightman (“A Whisper Across the Sand”), Spiffy Man (“Farewell, ft. Progley”), Sweetwave Audio (“Free Ambient Loop”).  ©Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast/The Social Voice Project, Inc.  All rights reserved.



     



     



     







    ABOUT THE PODCAST



    The Veteran Voices: The Oral History Podcast features conversations with those who tell veterans' stories in creative and interesting ways, such as oral historians, authors, poets, playwrights, and photographers. This podcast is a production of The Social Voice Project, Inc., dedicated to understanding the voices and stories of our lives through the first-hand, authentic accounts of lived experiences we call oral histories. The podcast was formerly produced by the Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative, a veteran-run, award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.



    Host Kevin Farkas is a US Navy veteran and independent multimedia producer specializing in creative sound design and audio engineering.  He has produced several audiobooks, radio dramas, live storytelling events, a podcast network, videos, as well as print and digital media publications.



     



     







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    • 36 min

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