Students in the eighth grade at Pactolus Elementary School got a firsthand history lesson Wednesday.
Mike Lindner, an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor, visited the Pitt County school to share his personal experiences as a child living in Poland during World War II.
Lindner painted a vivid picture for the kids of the tragic violence both Jewish and non-Jewish Polish people endured as the war broke out when he was 10-years-old.
He recalled deadly encounters between his friends and neighbors and the German SS and narrow escapes of his own.
At the age of 13, Lindner says he and his family were captured and sent to Germany to work in a concentration camp, which they were all fortunate to survive.
He says sharing his story with young people is his way of trying to prevent it from ever happening again. Lindner says, "You say why history repeat itself? Because we forget what happened and we're not doing anything about the future. So I want them to care about themselves, their family, and their future."
Lindner stessed to the students that nothing is more important than to have faith in God and to value and respect each other and their families.