Have your Kleenex handy
Here’s a heartwarming story, courtesy of The Greatest Generation.
Seventy-one years after meeting for the first time, ninety-four-year-old Sid Shafner and ninety-year-old Marcel Levy were reunited for the first time in over twenty years.
ABC News has the story:
Sid Shafner, 94, is back in the U.S. after a stirring eight-day trip to Israel and Poland last week. He was honored at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony for his hand, as a young troop, in helping to liberate some 30,000 prisoners from the Dachau Concentration Camp in southern Germany in 1945.
“Sid tells the story that his convoy was stopped by a Jew named Marcel,” Peter Weintraub, president of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, who sponsored the trip, told ABC News. “Marcel tells him in Yiddish that ‘You have to leave your route and divert to help us,’ which he did.”
Shafner and Levy established an instant bond and became good friends, Weintraub said. They were reunited for the first time in two decades earlier this month.
A video of their face-to-face reunion on May 10 at an Israeli military base shows the moment when the two came together. In the video, Shafner and Levy embrace each other with hugs, kisses and tears, as family and friends look on.
“Everything I have today, all of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, is due to you, Sid,” Levy told Shafner, according to Weintraub.
“Sid is crying tears of joy,” Weintraub added. “We have done this trip several times but never have we reunited survivors and liberators.”
The trip was sponsored by Friends of the IDF as part of its “From Holocaust to Independence” delegation to Poland and Israel.
Shafner is the last remaining member of his unit. “What I regret is, I, I shouldn’t be the only one celebrating and taking this trip. These fellows should be with me, but they’re not,” he told CBS news. “You’ll always be one of us,” Shafner said to Levy, “most of the boys are not here anymore unfortunately, but he’s still one of us.”
“Everything I have today is because of you,” said Levy.
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