Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thanksgiving and Chanukah Story of the Day: Holocaust Survivor Meets With Savior After Almost 70 Years

Must read. 

What a beautiful story. 

"A Long Island psychologist who narrowly escaped the Holocaust was reunited for the first time with an elderly man whose family had hid him from the Nazis."

"Leon Gersten, 79, and Czeslaw Polziec, 81, finally shook hands and embraced Wednesday after nearly 70 years — just hours before the first Hanukkah candle was lit."

"Both men struggled to fight back tears during the remarkable reunion at JFK."
"The emotional Gersten looked Polziec straight in the eye and said, “We never forgot the fact that you and your parents are the ones who saved our lives. The only reason we are alive is because of you and your family.”

"Polziec’s interpreter broke down in tears relaying that message."

"The emotional reunion was sponsored by the Manhattan-based Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, which publicizes inspiring tales of non-Jews who rescued Holocaust victims."

"Gertsen has five kids, 34 grandchildren and nine great grandkids — all lives made possible by the courage of Polziec’s family."