Horizon Middle School students look back at World War Two historyMoorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - There were some amazing stories to come out of the World War Two projects, like the Moorhead 6th grader whose great grandfather was in a concentration camp in Poland or the Horizon student who brought his Grandpa along as part of his display.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
There were some amazing stories to come out of the World War Two projects, like the Moorhead 6th grader whose great grandfather was in a concentration camp in Poland or the Horizon student who brought his Grandpa along as part of his display.
Jared Kopiec has quite the history lesson. It is, in fact, the story of his great grandfather Misha. A Polish Jew, an officer who fought for the armies in Poland and Russia before he was imprisoned in the horrible concentration camps of Aushwitz and Treblinka.
Jared Kopiec – Horizon Student: “I’m surprised about it because if he didn't survive, I wouldn't be alive.”
Misha survived, even meeting his future wife in the camp.
Phil Kopiec – Grandfather Survived Holocaust: “I think it shows great testimony that someone can survive that, and live on and try to start a normal life and move on. Him and his wife met in the Warsaw ghetto, and they both escaped and got out in ‘45 and came to the US.”
Today, the man's great grandson told his story as part of a 6th grade history project.
Jared Kopiec: “I am proud."
Phil Kopiec: “I think it is great, because the family legacy lives on. Not to mention it teaches them that 70 years ago was a completely different time and different way of life that is unimaginable today.”
Keenan Prigelmeier decided to share his world War Two Project by bringing in a Veteran from the war. He chose his grandfather, 86-year old Otto Prigelmeier, who fought in the Pacific – a veteran, happy to see a grandson appreciate what was sacrificed.
Otto Prigelmeier – World War Two Vet: “It means a lot. He’s a good kid, and he did a nice job there. In fact, I think he did better than I could have.”
Two boys, with very different family histories, today sharing a piece of their past with us.
Another one of the Horizon students had a display of the Enola Gay, the B-29 plane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima that helped end World War Two. The boy's grandfather worked on the plane.