Frogs dance. Chickens dance. Even trains dance! So why not you? There’ll be a wiggling, giggling, story-filled hour of fun during Children’s Storytime in the library on Wednesday, August 24th from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Be there … or be still!
August 13, 2016 marks the 55th anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall, which effectively divided the city of Berlin after the end of World War II into an eastern section occupied by the Soviet Union, and a western section occupied by Great Britain, France and the United States. Ostensibly built as a bulwark against the fascism of the west, it was undoubtedly a way to prevent the massive emigration of eastern Berliners into the capitalistic western part of the city, the only pocket of opportunity left for those left living in the eastern part of Germany itself which had been divided into an even larger “East” and “West” after the war.
It has been over twenty-five years since the wall was finally torn down, as much with a whimper as a shout, and the Soviet Union itself fallen as a government. In many ways, however, Germany remains divided as a result of all the years spent under such widely different regimes and lifestyles. Books now on display in the Erwin Library Circulation Desk area will help you understand this once terrifying barrier, a symbol of Cold War fear politics.
The nationalistic and political divisions that led to the rising of the Berlin Wall and settling in of the Cold War can probably be traced back to the beginning of the human population of planet Earth, but perhaps the defining catastrophe occurred in Europe during 1914-1918, as the endless battles over a few yards of muddy territory in France, Belgium and Germany reached an uncertain, bitter and impermanent peace settlement which finally ended World War I (July 28, 1914-November 11, 1918). That discontent simmered until the rise of Hitler in an impoverished post-war Germany, and the rise at the end of World War II of Stalin’s Soviet Union, the legacy of the Russian Revolution in 1918, and the most determined enemy Germany never knew it had, being so long focused on the west and not the east.
Books on display in the Erwin Library’s Reference area highlight the 100th anniversary of 1916’s two most influential and costly battles of World War I, Verdun and the Somme. You’ll also find books about Woodrow Wilson the U.S. President who, though he won his re-election in 1916 based on the slogan “he kept us out of the war,” nevertheless, after the depredations of 1916 in Europe, saw no way to keep the U.S. in isolation any longer, and asked for a declaration of war on Germany in 1917.
Representative of the American men and women who had already joined various European military units, ambulance and nursing services to fight before the U.S. entered the war, is Ernest Hemingway, whose writings later encapsulated the bewildering experience of many lost survivors of that war.
What did WCC students do in 1972? How about those hairdos .. and that’s the faculty! You’ll see it was a slightly different world, but still Goldsboro and still our school as you flip through thirteen newly digitized WCC Yearbooks (Yearbooks link) published between 1964 and 1985, now part of the WCC Historical Archives. You’ll also find the WCC Campus Voice newspaper (See: Newspapers) published between 1968 and 2008, and the WCC Renaissance literary magazine (See: Campus Publications) for 1985 through the present.
As well as browsing among, or checking out, books from the Erwin Library exhibits and collections to read about these topics, you may wish to discover more on the internet from relevant links found in the Erwin Library’s Blog.