Leslie Jenkins was born outside of New York City in 1940, where he grew up during World War II. He was raised in an American family with German roots. His father was a banker and his mother was a stay at home mom. His family moved to Florida later in his life, where Leslie still resides. He became very interested in World War II and history in general as an adult, and has visited the Pearl Harbor memorials in Hawai’i.
Leslie Jenkins recalls his early childhood memories of World War II. He remembers the way the war affected his everyday life, including air raid drills in school, rationing’s impact on his mother’s cooking, and the gas rations that often forced them to stay home.
Interviewee: Leslie Jenkins
Interviewers: Nika Verna
Archival Processor: Brianna Bricker
Copyeditor: Anton Weintraub and Cameron Vanderscoff
Date: March 2, 2018
Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Session Number: 1
Project: National Home Front Project
Interview Contributor: Florida Gulf Coast University
Accession Number: JenkinsLeslie_HFN-OH_072918
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