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
"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."