Three responses have been received so far, Banich said. They thanked the students for their letters and told them a little about the war.
Students were in awe when a woman veteran wrote back. She had served in the Army Air Forces during the war and told them she enjoyed the honor trip.
The teenagers didn’t know women that age could be veterans, too, Banich said.
“The girls thought that was the coolest thing,” he said.
Even before the letter writing began, students picked World War II as one of the topics they would like to learn about, Banich said. Students don’t really learn about that period of history before high school. Movies and pop culture from the Holocaust have always intrigued students, he said.
The letters brought history alive.