The story reads like a Steven Spielberg movie. In 1939, two Jewish brothers, trapped in Nazi-created ghetto in Poland, said goodbye forever. The older brother, Abram Belz, helped his younger brother, Chaim, escape to the safety in the Soviet Union. Then he returned to his family's house, unwilling to leave his parents alone in such a dangerous situation.
Two brothers were separated by the Holocaust. After 77 years, their families just reunited.https://t.co/LkA8LO4brY pic.twitter.com/shdkJx5qaC— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 2, 2016
Two brothers were separated by the Holocaust. After 77 years, their families just reunited.https://t.co/LkA8LO4brY pic.twitter.com/shdkJx5qaC
After the war, Abram and his cousin were the only ones who survived concentration camps and Nazi atrocities. He left for the United States, eventually settling in New Jersey. But he never gave up searching for Chaim, writing countless of letters to anyone who could help. "I don't even know if there are words to describe it, this was all he wanted, he just wanted to know that his brother survived," his granddaughter, Jess Katz, told ABC News.
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Sadly, Abram passed away in 2011. But his granddaughter decided to continue the search this year, going through genealogy sites before finding a Facebook group for Jewish families. Finally, she hit pay dirt. Someone put her in touch with a Russian man who turned out to be Chaim's son. Chaim had survived the war after all--he'd gone to Russia and settled there. He'd also searched for his long-lost brother before dying in 1970.
The two families--one in New Jersey, one in Russia--reunited over Skype, and spent four hours talking and sharing photos. Now Katz hopes that her story can inspire other families of Holocaust survivors to find one another.
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See the heartwarming video below.
via Huffington Post