MSU’s Living History Project: 96-year-old Rudy Aittama

May 26, 2015

Rudy Aittama
Credit Courtesy MSU Living History Project

For the past year, students in MSU's School of Journalism have documented the life experiences of seniors in our state as part of the multimedia initiative "The Living History Project: Stories Told by Michigan's Oldest Old." Oldest old refers to individuals who are 85 years old or older. It's also the fastest growing age group in the United States.

In our final installment of the four part series, we hear from 96-year-old Rudy Aittama, who was captured by German soldiers as a prisoner of war World War Two. Journalism senior Andrea Raby brings us his incredible story.

The Living History Project is a collaboration between the School of Journalism and College of Nursing. Professors Geri Alumit Zeldes, Linda Keilman and Eric Freedman led the project.

The work is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.