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WWII memory recordings to be available at county libraries

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Plans are under way to preserve the World War II memories of Medina County residents. The Medina Library has hosted a World War II roundtable once a month since 2007, and about 30 of the sessions were captured on video recordings.

“The World War II Roundtable brings more people than any regular program we have at the library,” said Tina Sabol, community relations associate for the library.

The recording of the sessions weren’t available for viewing because they needed editing.

About 13 of those recorded sessions have been edited and placed on DVDs to be available for checkout at all the Medina County District Library locations soon after Memorial Day.

The videos also will air on Brunswick Area Television and the Medina cable channels 36 and 37.

Participants in the videos include Mike Hardy, a Pearl Harbor survivor and Medina businessman who died last year at 88, and Anneliese Nefos, owner of Medina Gem Co. on Medina’a Public Square, who worked as an assistant to Winston Churchill after the war.

Various community groups have raised $2,400 to fund the project, but $3,600 is needed to edit all the roundtable sessions, including the ones planned for this year, Sabol said.

Groups donating include The Kiwanis Club of Medina, Waite and Son Funeral Homes, Medina Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5137, American Legion Post 202, the Estate of James Anderson, Odd Fellows Morning Star Lodge 26 and the Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 5137.

“These stories are priceless,” said Al Korn, Kiwanis Club of Medina board member. “It’s important for the younger generation to understand these young men and women lived through events that changed the world.”

The World War II roundtables are at the Medina Library’s Community Room at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of every month March through November. The next one is planned for June 3.

Residents can call (330) 725-0588 for information on future speakers or (330) 722-6235, ext. 2909, to contribute to the video project.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.

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