Wonderful footage shows two Jewish cousins and survivors of World War II reuniting after 75 years, both having believed the other had died until very recently.
Morris Sana, 87, and Simon Mairowitz, 85, grew up together in Romania and had been very close friends. That was until the 1940 invasion of their home country by Nazi Germany, which led to their immediate families separately fleeing the country.
From then on, the cousins lost all communication with each other and as a result, they had assumed that the other had been killed in the Holocaust.This is the moment two cousins reunited after 75 years of believing the other had died in the Holocaust:
While Sana now lives in Ra’anana, Israel, Mairowitz and his family had fled to Britain. It wasn't until Sana's daughter began tracking down her father's long-lost family members on social media that a connection was reestablished between the two cousins.
The family then made arrangements for a reunion in Tel Aviv. Sana’s granddaughter Leetal Ofer recorded their touching reunion in a hotel room and posted the footage to Facebook. The footage shows Sana and Mairowitz tearfully embracing each other, evidently overwhelmed by emotion.
“You can see me now, can’t you?” Mairowitz says.
“Good to see you” Mr Sana sobs.
“It’s good to see you too,” Mairowitz responds as he holds his cousin’s face in his hands.
“Seventy-five years you waited,” he continues. “It’s a long time. But we’ve got each other now.”
Sana then tells his beloved cousin that he stills remembers him as a little boy.
“You remember that do you?” Mr Mairowitz responds. “Because I can’t remember that.”
Two men's family members watch on, also overcome with emotion.
“This is one of the most moving things I’ve ever seen and I’d love to share it with you,” Ofer wrote in the caption to the video.
“My mom recently found some of her long lost cousins on Facebook. To make a long story short... My grandfather couldn’t find his cousin and best friend after the Holocaust and was sure that he was killed at the concentration camps.
“He hasn’t seen or heard from his cousin in 75 years. We were able to arrange for the cousins to meet today. The war tore so many families apart and to bring them together in Israel is so magical.”