Holocaust Witness Shares Story with Millville High School Students
By Melanie Zayas, SNJ Today Reporter
MILLVILLE, N.J. -
Students from Millville High School reflected on a very important time in history by hearing from a Holocaust witness.
It was a history lesson for Millville High School students, from eyes that have seen it all and shoes that walked through the Battle of the Bulge and the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany.
Tim Kiniry, who is 97 years old, shared his days as an Army medic, treating thousands of wounded prisoners during World War II.
So I think it was an honor meeting him and being able to listen to him talk about his experience.
“When I say they were skin and bones, they were skin and bones. Believe me," says Kiniry. "You’d be afraid of the bones coming through their ... flesh. [Because] that’s all they were. Skin and bones, skin and bones is all.”
Millville High School senior, Byron Bowell says there were many prominent points throughout the lecture.
“I noticed when he said that when they had set up portable showers ... in the tent and the people were afraid to take showers because they thought that they were being gassed," says Bowell. "I think that really stood out.”
Students say they were very grateful for the rare and insightful lecture.
“It’s really nice to have someone who has experienced it first-hand rather than just reading it and going online or reading history books," Kayla Piper, senior, Millville High School. "So I think it was an honor meeting him and being able to listen to him talk about his experience.”
“It’s very important to let the younger generation know just what took place during the Holocaust," says Kiniry. "It’s hard for me to believe that people don’t believe it, but I say I’m willing to talk to the generation to let them know yes, it did happen. I saw it with my own two eyes.”
The lecture gave students the opportunity to know more about the past to prepare for a better tomorrow.