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Holocaust Survivor, 102, Finds Out a Family Member Survived the Camps

Eliahu Pietruszka, 102, slowly and painfully inches his way through a retirement home lobby to meet a man he has never seen before in his life. It’s a meeting that he never expected to have and one he will never forget.

Meet Eliahu Pietruszka

Eliahu is a Holocaust Survivor. He was fortunate enough to be able to escape Poland early on in World War II and he was positive that the family he left behind had all been killed.

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But, it wasn’t so. In fact, his younger brother had survived the horrors of the Nazi regime and his son, Alexandre, was the one Eliahu was to meet.

The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial

Meetings like this are rare now, but they are not unheard of. The Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Israel keeps records of all Holocaust survivors.

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Eliahu said, during a very tearful reunion, “It makes me so happy that at least one remnant remains from my brother, and that is his son. After so many years I have been granted the privilege to meet him. In my heart, I thought he was no longer alive.”

This Is About Individuals Not Numbers

The Yad Vashem database has been trying to put names to all the estimated 6 million people who were victims of the Nazi genocide. They say that this helps others to think of them as people rather than statistics and it has the added benefit of reuniting families like Eliahu’s.

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Alexander Avram wants people to know, “It is not too late to fill out pages of testimony. We need to document each and every victim of the Holocaust. But such a reunion is a very special moment because we are not going to see a lot more of them in the future.”

This may be one of the very last families separated by the horror of the Holocaust to see each other again in this life.

We are happy for Eliahu and his family and we hope that you will be too. See the reunion for yourself below:

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