'Sunshine' Messages

Below is a small sample of the many hundreds of Sunshine Messages or positive E-mails The History Place has received since July 1996. The grammar in these messages has been left as-is while personally identifying information including senders' names has been omitted for privacy.

I`m very happy that a traditional site still exists in the internet. I join your site every day for school projects or something like that and the informations are very helpful. please go on in that way. Best wishes
(Student from Austria)

We're a homeschool family, and I wanted to write you a quick note to let you know we think this is a great site! We found it while doing a search for Pearl Harbor. I have bookmarked it, and will use it daily. Thanks for all the work that went into it.
(Family from USA)

Thank you for the detailed and complete article on the Irish Potato Famine. I am most appreciative of your efforts.
(Woman from USA)

Congratulations on a most informative and much needed website that honestly addresses the facts of the 20th century genocides. As an Armenian American I am most interested in the topic of genocide - not only the Armenian Genocide but the genocides of all people. Thank you!
(Woman from USA)

I think that this civil war site is the best i have ever seen. I wasnt that interested in history until I came to this site! Thank you so much for creating this site!
(Boy from USA)

I am from iceland and i was doing a skoll protjegt on Hitler and i joust wanted to lead you no, this is a fantastic jop you tid on this sit and you shut do more you safte me and i got an g+ thanks
(Boy from Iceland)

hello i am a student and i am in a poster contest to end child labor. I think that it is stealng someones soul and i will fight to stop Child Labor. I am 14 and want kids to be free like me.
(Girl from USA)

Thank you for taking the time to provide all this information to the world...
(Man from Scotland)

Thank you for an excellent web-site. I was searching for a quote by President Kennedy for my thesis and found so much more!
(Woman from Denmark)

I am a 20 year old Vietnamese student living in the States for as long as I can remember. I always thought I had a good grasp on the history of my own people, my own nation, but after reading through your site, which encouraged me to do further research (always good) I realized there was so much more to learn about.
(Student from USA)

I want to thank you all very much for the"The history Place" In my history class i was having difficulties learning the criteria, but after I used these, I was into the class discussions, and I was getting A's on all of my tests. They have helped me SO much!!! Thanks again!!!
(Girl from USA)

You have produced an extraordinary example of studiously researched data, and displayed it in an insightful, interesting, logical and thought-producing manner. This web site should be mandatory reading for any serious study into the agony and horror, that was The Holocaust.
(Man from USA
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I only can say that my english is unfortunately very poor to describe my feelings about your Auschwitz photo essay... We live in times that can bring back the old fears to Europe. Racism is increasing in a terrible way across the western countries of this old continent. The Jews from yesterday are the African people from today, we must prevent this, and teach, teach, deeply. Culture is the power, and the perennial remembrance of those horrors must be an obligatory commitment to the educational staffs in the whole world. Congratulations for this emotional testimony and congratulations to the History Place Webpage. A work well done!
(Man from Spain)

To the people who made the history place web site: Your web-site is really cool and I have found it really helpful with information and things for school. History is the best subject. No one at school believes me but it's the truth. Ok bye.
(Boy from USA)

I am a teenager. I must say I really enjoy your Child Labor page. I have an obsession with newsies and I printed many pictures off this site. I love it, so keep up the great info, thanx for creating a great place for me to view old pictures at my leisure, I love it!!!!!! I love history and read all I can about it. This just shows me others do too!
(Girl from USA)

I am a member of the board of education...We have been wrestling with the Progressive brand of Social Studies pressed on us by the Education Department for some time. So far, the majority of the board has been unwilling to buck the system, but each time we re-engage, we gain a little support. We have reason to hope that this is the year that we will just say no to junk scholarship. Thanks for the work you do. There are people listening and trying to return some sense to our school curriculum.
(Man from USA)

Ich habe schon viel gelesen über den Holocaust, habe gedacht ich hätte alle Greueltaten dieser Menschenfeinde gelesen. Aber der Augenzeugenbericht des deutschen Ingeneurs über die Exekutionen hat mich wegen der Beschreibung der Emotionen dieser armen Menschen sehr betroffen gemacht. Diese zutiefst menschliche Verhalten hat mich bis ins Mark erschüttert. Ich habe geweint um diese armen Menschen und ich werde für Ihr Seelenheil beten. Wir Deutschen können Euch Amerikanern auf Knien danken, daß Ihr uns von diesem Joch befreit habt. Danke und macht weiter.
(Mann aus Deutschland)

Translation: I have already read over the Holocaust, have thought I read all the atrocities against these people. But the eyewitness report of the German engineer over the execution made me very concerned because of the description of the emotions of these poor humans. This deeply human behavior shook me. I have cried about these poor humans and for your soul's welfare will pray. We Germans can thank you Americans on our knees that you released us from this yoke. Thanks and continue.
(Man from Germany)

As a vet of WW II I wish to express my appreciation of your web site. I have only visited one of your "parts", looking forward to more.
(Man from USA)

Your site is the greatest resource on the net. I have not found a site as well done and informative in all my years on the net. It is a tribute to the positive uses of the net. It gives me as a young user hope that there is more to the Web than just naked women and advertisements for credit cards. Thank you for being good people, and doing a wonderfull job on your site
(Student from USA)

Thanks for the wonderful work on your website. I almost burst into tears when I saw the pictures of these hopeless children who were exploited during the industral revolution. To be frank, I am still shocked with what I saw and read. Although I have read about child labor and I even passed my tests and assignments on this particular topic excellently, I never realized the extent to which these child laborers suffered. Once again, thanks for the website. I pray that God forgives everyone who encouraged child labor in the past and those that are still encouraging it-especially in West Africa and Asia.
(Woman from USA)

As a son of holocaust suvivors i would like to thank you in the name of my father r.i.p. that his all family murdered at those darknes times. your web site is a very good document for every one who want to know more or to learn about the holocaust.
(Man from Israel)

Thank you showing history facts this way. You have done a lot of good work organizing the material to be accessible for all ages. We shall never forget.
(Man from Norway)

I'm ten years old. I was looking for lots of information on history because I love history. I was searching the web and I saw your website and decided to check it out. I looked through it and found the Declaration of Independence and I was so excited because I always wanted to read it. What I'm trying to say is your website is a awsome place for history.
(Girl from USA)

Thank you very much to give us the opportunity to know all this horrible history. I will show it to my childreen, to prevent to it will never happen again.
(Man from Brazil)

Thank you for a fantastic web site. About a year ago I read through your entire Holocaust contents and was genuinely and profoundly moved. Thank you for helping us to never lose our sense of origin and purpose. If we lose sight of where we came from, it will become increasingly difficult to determine where we are headed. God bless you and your hard work.
(Man from USA)

I am just a boy. I have never really seen war, just what has been on the TV. On the movie "Saving Private Ryan", that movie was probably the most you can get to a real war I guess. I still can't see how my grandfather slept at night, if it really was like that. My grandfather was a great man, but passed away in March. I thought that if I saw that movie, then it might give me some realism of how serious war is. I still can't believe the number of people that died. But it isn't really just World War Two, all the time that happens...I think this web site helped me understand the war that my Grandfather was in, and I thank you for putting it together.
(Boy from USA)

I am 15 and in the 9th grade. I had to do a report on Adolf Hitler and I wouldn't have been able to do the excellent work that I did without your site. I am truely impressed with the work that was offerred. It goes into so much detail, it's unbelievable. Thank you for doing all the work.
(Girl from USA)

I have been reading some of your timelines, and in particular the one covering Holocaust. I find it very interesting, and want to let your know this is very useful. Many young people in Europe as well as in the US, are trying to rewrite history and claims Holocaust never happened. Your Web-site is an important contribition to the truth about this. Thank you,
(Man from Norway)

I am probably the least history sort of person you ever met, but I got onto the net and stumbled apon "The rise of Adolf Hitler" on your site, and I literally couldn't stop reading... Thanks for a great site cheers
(Man from South Africa)

Rarely do I take time out to compliment a site; however, in this case I feel compelled to make an exception. I was simply searching for a general timeline of WWII events, but upon stumbling upon your site, I got much more. In fact, I spent the better part of 6 hours completely engrossed in the contents - which is not at all my normal practice. In short, your site demonstrates all the positive qualities I believe the internet should contain: a large repository of valuable information, easily accessible, intelligently arranged. My compliments and thanks to all involved in its creation and maintenance. Cheers,
(Man from USA)

OK, I want you to know that because of your web page, my wife is probably mad at me since I ignored her for the last 4 hours reading "The Rise of Adolf Hitler"...My father fought in WWII under General Patton in Europe. Like many of his fellow WWII veterans, he has never felt comfortable with speaking about the horrors of that particular time. Unfortunately, when his generation is gone, a very valuable piece of history will also perish. Thank you for a very interesting and well researched article.
(Man from USA)

My daughter's school has not seen fit to teach her about Pearl Harbor. I am a former history teacher and using my resources and yours, I was able to explain the significance of this day. Thanks again for your informative web site and I will be visiting more in the future.
(Man from USA)

May none of us ever forget such a shameful passage in what has been an enlightened century. Perhaps such enlightenment came from the realisation that man could be so barbaric as to attempt to wipe out an entire culture, and must therefore be ever vigillant to guard against such base and cruel acts for any reason.sadly our track record as a species since the holocaust has not been that good..we can only continue to try. Thank you for never letting us forget.
(Man from Australia)

Your homepage rocks! Quite informative. We're studying the Nazis now in History 12 and the "Adolf Hitler's Rise To Power" article helped explain things & clear what really happened. History books leave out things or add other stuff but this had everything. Thanx!
(Girl from USA)

I'd like to thank the people at "The History Place" for presenting an outstanding Web Site. This site is everything that the World Wibe Web was conceived for and is about. I started browsing your section on The Second World War, and saw your links on The Holocaust. I can't tell how you saddened and grief struck I am. I have three small children of my own, and seeing and reading about the death of so many innocent people, children, reminds me of my own mortality, the love I have for them, and the fear I harbor in my heart that this could happen any time, any place. I don't always admire Americans. But I do admire the way you do the good things. Good job people. Thanks again,
(Man from Canada)

Me and my friend are very interested in American History, and I appreciate your website...We have both memorized the constitution, and the Gettysburg Address. We have looked at several "history" websites, and none compare to yours...We are both in 7th grade, and have been studying American History since 1st grade together. Awesome website! Your website admirer,
(Boy from USA)

You are doing very important Job! Recently, me and some mates from my work were looking for some information about World War II and Nuremberg Laws, and the search led to your site. Your site is full of important and professional history information. Thank you for that,
(Man from Israel)

My compliments and much honor to your work! The best website I have ever visited since. I'm an italian graduate in modern history and I appreciate a lot your site; I put it in my favorites' list. Keep on like this !!! P.S.: excuse me for my not so good written and spoken english
(Man from Italy)

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I am a 16 year old girl, from Australia, and I am doing an assignment on Jews for History class. Your page has definately touched me and opened my eyes to the atrocities of the Germans during the second world war. I pray this sort of thing will never happen again. Thank you for helping me to see what the human race is capeable of. I pray I will never see it first hand.
(Girl from Australia)

This is a wonderful history page, please keep it alive. I hope many young people in the US and throughout the world will visit it and learn enough history so as not to repeat the mistakes of the past.
(Man from USA)

Each year, as I begin my Holocaust Unit for my eighth graders, I search for new materials. Finding your web site is like finding a teacher's goldmine. Thank you so much for all your resources, information, and links! My students have learned so much from just this one web site! Please continue to add to it and I will continue to spread the word to all my fellow teachers.
(Woman from USA)

Thank you for this site. It is not only informative and well organized, but it includes everything. I am a student in Canada and I have been studying the Holocaust for three years now. My studies have led me to meet a survivor, as well at the books and papers, I have written. It is a subject that I feel deserves more respect and attention than it is presently given. A history teacher showing Schindler's List to a class is not enough. We truly need to understand the mistakes of the past if we intend to avoid repeating them. I am pleased to see that someone is telling people the truth, even when it is not what they want to hear.
(Student from Canada)

I want you to know that I believe that your site is one of the best I have ever seen. I love history and all the lessons we learn from it. I loved your stark portrayal of the Holocaust as well as the tasteful way you described the death of President Kennedy without the morbid photos and speculations. I was fascinated by the account of Hitlers life and shocked by the mass cruelty and ambiguity of the German soldiers and people. Please continue with other great historical chronologies and accounts. I never E-Mail a site but this one was the exception. Thanks again!
(Man from USA)

Thank you for establishing a wonderful site. I am a teacher of World History and Advanced Placement European History. I have used your site extensively in preparing a Powerpoint Presentation to supplement my teaching of the Holocaust. I plan to require my advanced students to visit your site and am going to recommend it to all. The ready availability of quality sources such as yours makes it so much easier for us teachers to relate history to the current electronic generation of students. (It also makes it easier for us to justify requesting more money for computers and other fancy toys.) By the way, I used the picture of the two young boys you had at the head of your Holocaust Timeline as the title slide of my presentation with only the words "No One Heard" on it. As I was walking around the room helping other teachers learn Powerpoint and had that slide sitting on my machine, I couldn't help noticing the number of teachers who simply stopped and looked at that photo. One kept returning and finally told me, "I just can't get those faces out of my mind." It truly is a powerful photo.
(Man from USA)

I really like your pages on the war as they are full of information and are easy to view, as i am a schoolkid i find that this helps me a great amount and I am glad that you made this page.
(Boy from UK)

Saw your web site for the first time today. It is awesome! I'm a history teacher and I will tell my students to look up your site. Your doing a great job and a great service.
(Man from USA)

I found your site a delightfully refreshing. It's proof that there is intelligent life on the Internet. Bravo ...
(Man from USA)

I am a teacher of History at a boys' school. One of the main difficulties in teaching history is the lack of readily available and easy to read source materials. Your web site provides such material. The teaching of the history of Nazi Germany is now a lot easier with the use of your material. The photographs in particular are useful in exposing the full horror of the regime...We thank you for your hard work in producing for general consumption this web site...
(Man from USA)

I have just one thing to say--outstanding! I am very impressed with the job you have done on this site. I am a US history teacher, and I am always looking for new ways to present the material I must teach. The pictures you have included with the WWII timeline are phenomenal, as is the information. I hope that in the future you will expand the subjects you are offering material on; this will make it a trult excellent site. Please keep up the good work-there are not nearly enough good history sites on the Web.
(Man from USA)


I just want to write to tell you how great I think your site is. I am just beginning to truely explore the web and am glad to have found your site. It is just want I want to see on the web, informative, important sites. Thank you for your effort.
(Man from USA)

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