Both Ana and Clara are studying World War II at school at the moment, at different levels of depth and detail, of course. Clara's learned a lot about the London Blitz and she wrote an article on it that's going to be featured in the school play in a couple of weeks' time. She's also learned about rationing, the blackouts and how the children of London were separated from their parents and sent to the countryside to be safe from the bombs. Ana is studying darker aspects of the war, namely the events that lead up to the Kristallnacht, the Final Solution, and the death camps of Treblinka and Auschwitz. The three of us have been watching some good child-friendly documentaries on the History Channel and I've noticed that the bombing of Dresden and other atrocities perpetrated by the Allies are rarely mentioned, so I briefly mentioned them so that their knowledge is a bit more well-rounded.
Meanwhile BBC2 has been showing reruns of the fabulous 1973 documentary "The World at War" (the one with Lawrence Olivier as narrator) which is mandatory viewing for anyone interested in the subject but way to complex and extensive for kids. I had wanted to buy the DVDs with the whole series as a gift to my Dad but found out that the current edition doesn't have subtitles in any language, including English, so I'm not going to until a new one is released (hopefully it will come soon as there are a couple of one star ratings in Amazon.co.uk because of this and they really taint the overall outstanding reviews and stand out against the large majority of five star ratings).