Holocaust survivor Eliahu Pietruszka finally met his nephew at the age of 102. The old man, who now lives in a nursing home, fled Poland at the beginning of World War II and thought that his whole family had died.
A few days ago, however, he discovered that a younger brother had also survived and that his son, Alexandre, 66, was going to meet him.
Between tears, Pietruszka kissed and embraced the familiar face. The meeting was only possible thanks to the online database of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel, a genealogical tool that brought together hundreds of long-lost relatives.
“It makes me so happy to see that at least one remnant remains of my brother, and this is his son. After so many years, they gave me the privilege of finding him, “said Pietruszka, with tears in his eyes.
He fled Warsaw in 1939 at age 24 when World War II erupted, leaving behind his parents and twin brothers Volf and Zelig, nine years younger.
His parents and Zelig were deported from the Warsaw Ghetto and killed in a Nazi extermination camp, but Volf also managed to escape. The brothers managed to contact briefly before Volf was sent by the Russians to a Siberian labour camp, where Pietruszka assumed that he had died.
When they met, the two shook hands tightly and spoke in Russian as they examined their similar facial features.
“You’re a copy of your father. I did not sleep for two nights waiting for you,” said the uncle to his nephew.
Source: Yahoo News.