MILLBURN, NJ - Wednesday afternoon, in the library of the Millburn Middle School, students received a first-hand account of World War Two from a man who experienced it all.
Lester Bornstein, a 94-year-old veteran spoke to the students as part of an extracurricular program. Bornstein was present at the front of the room alongside his wife Marilyn, where he spoke about training in Camp Carson, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and more.
Along with hearing his life story, students were able to ask Bornstein questions about his time in the armed forces, which he answered to the best of his abilities.
For Middle School librarian Amy Ipp, who helped to organize the program, giving students a chance to hear about World War II from Bornstein was key, as she said it helps to supplement the knowledge students glean from books in the library.
"I think it's really important because history is very important," Ipp said. "A lot of our students here are very interested in history. We have a large book collection that supports that interest.
"And so when they can meet a person who lived that experience, it's actually a primary source, and also somebody of Mr. Bornstein's caliber, somebody who really sacrificed so much, is just a great thing. And th kids, you can see, were just thrilled and really prepared and interested."