Marjorie "Marj" Morani
Marjorie Morani was born in 1935 in the city of Havre de Grace, Maryland. When the United States became involved in World War II, Mrs. Morani was only six years. As she was growing up, she and her family frequently experienced blackouts and times of rationing to support the war efforts. The impact of the war also affected her schooling as children and faculty participated in school drills in preparation of emergency situations. Mrs. Morani also visited the movies occasionally with her younger brother and often saw newsreels about the events that took place in Europe, specifically pertaining to the Holocaust.
In this interview, Mrs. Morani talks about the overall experiences she had as a child during World War II. She mentions her father who was a professional football player for the Washington Redskins prior to their enfranchisement and how his football injuries deemed him a 4F, unable to serve in the war. She also discusses the occasional periods of blackouts her family experienced along with the practice of rationing food and other supplies such as gasoline. A particular experience for Mrs. Morani was witnessing President Roosevelt’s death in the sense of seeing the train that carried his casket pass through her town of Havre de Grace. Many of her memories during her early childhood years such as watching newsreels of the holocaust, school drills and overall confusion of warfare paint a unique perspective of World War II.
Interviewee: Marjorie Morani “Marj”
Interviewers: Patricia Rana, Alex Weiss, Kate Voynow, Keen Griffin
Archival Processor: Patricia Rana
Copy Editor: Anton Weintraub
Date: September 18, 2018
Location: Miller Library at Washington College
Session Number: 1
Project: National Home Front Project
Interview Contributor: Washington College
Accession Number: MoraniMarjorie_HFL-OH_091818