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World War II and the Holocaust: The Home Front

Definition of Home Front

The home front is the name given to the activities of the civilians when their nation is at war. Since World War II could be described as total war, homeland production became even more invaluable to both the Allied and Axis powers. Life on the home front during World War II was a significant part of the war effort for all participants and had a major impact on the outcome of the war. During the war, Government became involved with their respective home fronts to educate them on how to protect themselves, their country, and aid the war effort. Nations routinely used propaganda to influence the civilian population. Frequently, women were needed to work during this period because the men were at war.

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Conscientious Objectors

The Good War

The good war and those who refused to fight it 

 "40,000 conscientious objectors refused to fight in World War II.  In prison, as medical guinea pigs, firefighters, attendants in mental institutions and in Civilian Public Service work camps, their wartime service prepared a generation of nonviolent activists to change American society"--Container of film

Posters

WWII poster - scrap metal  

See an excellent guide to WWII posters at the Milner Library at the University of Illinois.

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