Sunday, March 13, 2005

Over 60 Years in the Making

From the Jerusalem Post: Two brothers, one six and the other aged two, waited for their mom to return from finding them food -- in Budapest during the fall of 1944. She never returned. They were eventually found and given to different families; the older one going to a Jewish family, the other not. For 61 years, neither knew the other was alive. In an ironic twist, the two brothers were reunited today in Jerusalem. This is another one that is thanks to the amazing database at Yad Vashem. Absolutely amazing. The two met, embraced and in complete state of awe, sat over family photos.

"Everything here is unbelievable. How anyone could ever have survived," he said. "I am just in shock," he offered feebly, while his younger brother, speaking though a Hungarian translator, said that he had hoped for years that he would finally find his brother.

As they talked together, they kept their hands clasped tightly for several long minutes, as if refusing to let each other go ever again.

I love these stories, and I never tire of reading new accounts.


At 11:23 PM, Blogger Gindy said...

I wonder how longer we will get to hear stories like this? Yad Vashem has obviously been a great tool for finding people. I never heard of it until I saw it on this blog.

At 6:23 AM, Blogger American On Line said...

Great story Esther.

At 7:42 AM, Blogger Sergeant America said...

"...Yad Vashem's
new computerized listings

With more and more records being placed within computerized databases, one would hope that more of these reunions may take place before those separated pass on from this life ...

Germany, one of the Axis of Weasels, needs to address their guilt in the horror that makes Abu Ghraib stories pale in the daylight of TRUTH!

Every victim needs to file the appropriate documentation and make Germany dig deep into its treasury and pay until it bleeds, suffers and writhes in the pain it gave those in the extermination facilities! (...this will never replace the suffering of those murdered, but may give vindication upon the World's stage.)

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Esther said...

Wow, gindy, then I'm glad I was able to bring it to your attention. If you get to Israel, definitely visit. It's an amazing experience.

Thanks Marty.

SA, yep, Germany does need redemption still in my book.

At 9:54 AM, Blogger RomanWanderer said...

I read the article late last night and said to myself "Esther will be blogging this tomorrow!" :)
Truly great story.

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Esther said...

I laughed out loud reading your comment, RW. Too funny!

At 2:30 PM, Blogger patrickafir said...

Wow, that's got to be the feel-good story of the day. Of the week!


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