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        The Impact of WWII on J.D. Salinger

        This media gallery features a series of videos from American Masters: Salinger that explores the impact WWII, and its horrors, had on J.D. Salinger. Students will examine his landing on Utah Beach on D-Day, his experiences battling his way across France, the unspeakable horrors of the Nazi death camp his regiment liberated, the eventual breakdown he suffered, and how these experiences impacted his work as an artist.

        WWII Created J.D. Salinger

        It's the ghost in the machine of all the stories.

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        WWII: The Horrors of War

        Primal fears came out of the Hürtgen Forest. Salinger experienced that firsthand.

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        Salinger's Post-War Breakdown

        As a result of the horrors that he witnessed in World War Two, J.D. Salinger suffered a nervous breakdown.

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        Impact of War on Bananafish

        Salinger comes back from the war aware that the devastated and shell-shocked tone is his tone.

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