|Horst von Oppenfeld|
He was born to a wealthy family in Germany in 1913. As a young man, he studied agriculture in preparation for inheriting one of his family's farms. During WWII, he served with the German army in France, Russia, and North Africa, where he was captured by the British. After his capture, Horst was sent to the United States and spent the rest of the war in a POW camp in Kansas. In 1946, he returned to Germany to work with the Americans toward rebuilding German agriculture and infrastructure. He met Pete's aunt Judy in Berlin, where she was working for the American military government. Judy brought Horst back to the U.S. as a "male war bride." They settled in upstate New York, where he continued his studies in agriculture at Cornell, eventually earning his PhD in the early 1950s. He spent the next several decades working in agricultural development all over the world, living in and traveling to the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, and many other developing countries.
He wrote a short autobiography a few years ago — it is available here. He was also interviewed for a Washington Post Magazine article about German POWS in the U.S. — it is available as a PDF here.