Northern State University history and honors student Mike Newman has
traced his grandfather’s journey through World War II Europe, and will present his Honors thesis at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Room 134.
The presentation is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided following the talk.
Fascinated by his grandfather Heinz’s fragmented story, Newman was inspired to delve into the past and reconstruct his family’s experiences. Despite the German invasion of Belgium, his family’s imprisonment in a concentration camp, and the loss of several family members, Heinz eventually escaped and “traveled throughout five countries, often illegally,” Newman said.
The man immigrated to the United States and left his past largely unspoken—save for a number of hand-written pages narrating his plight. “[The memoirs] had a very emotional impact on me,” Newman said. “In all of my time with him, I never realized he went through something so traumatic.”
Newman will discuss the process of developing his research idea, how he received funding from the NSU Undergraduate Research Program to travel, and his personal experience in Europe following his grandfather's path.
Read about Newman's preparation for the trip HERE.