March 25, 2014 at 6:35 PM
RANDOLPH,NJ- Randolph High School’s United States history students are getting the opportunity to meet with Mr. Harry Ettlinger this week.
Ettlinger is one of the five last survivors of the Monuments Men. His Jewish family fled to USA to get away from the Nazi regime. He will visit with history classes beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25.
According to the “Monuments Men Foundation,” the Monuments Men are a group of approximately 345 men and women whom volunteered their services throughout WWII by recovering stolen artifacts and treasures during the Nazi regime and returning them to their rightful owners.
“This is an amazing opportunity for our students to learn first hand one of the great stories of WWII,” said Mrs. Ashley Kanya, the history teacher who organized the visit. “The Monuments Men story, as now being show in the film 'Monument Men' is a true inspiration to the world, saving the millions of treasures stolen by the Nazis.”
The movie is currently in movie theaters. Now 88 and living in New Jersey, he has agreed to come and share his story with RHS students learning about the Holocaust.
“Mr. Ettlinger is one of five Monument Men left that are able to share their story and we are lucky enough to have him share his experiences with the students,” Mrs. Kanya said.