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DMS Student's Interview with WWII Veteran Now Available to Watch

A video featuring an interview that a Fox Chapel Area School District student conducted with a World War II veteran has been posted online. The filming was done for the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh’s Generations Speaker Series as part of the Yom HaShoah Interview Series, “The Liberators and the Liberated.” The interview was arranged through the Pittsburgh-based LIGHT Education Initiative.

In March of 2022, then Dorseyville Middle School eighth-grader Eloise Johnson (now a Fox Chapel Area High School ninth-grader) interviewed 96-year-old Pittsburgh area native Eugene Khorey about his experiences during World War II. Mr. Khorey was born in Latrobe, raised in Munhall, and was a 1944 graduate of Munhall High School (now known as Steel Valley Senior High School). A Bronze Star recipient, he served in the U.S. Army 86th Infantry Division (known as the Blackhawks), arrived in Europe in March of 1945, and served in the Battle of the Bulge and Ruhr Pocket. The Blackhawks liberated the forced labor camp at Attendorn, Germany, in April 1945. Mr. Khorey was then stationed in Japan from 1945-1946. When he returned home, he worked at U.S. Steel Homestead Works, went to college, and then served as a social studies teacher and administrator, mostly in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He retired in 1985. He was married to the late Margaret (Yanyo) Khorey for 62 years and has three children, eight grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

The final version of Eloise’s interview with Mr. Khorey can be viewed here: The interview is part of the first segment.