It can often feel like the Holocaust was long ago in the past, far away from our lives today. But the truth is, the Holocaust is more recent history than many people realize, and some of its survivors are still alive today. Two men who both survived the Holocaust recently reunited for the first time in 75 years.
Jewish cousins reunited in Israel after 75 years apart.
All these years, 87-year-old Morris Sana lived with the belief that his cousin and childhood friend Simon Mairowitz was dead. But, after his niece and daughter connected with relatives on Facebook, they were able to reunite Sana with 85-year-old Mairowitz, PEOPLE reports.
Sana’s granddaughter Leetal Ofer posted a video of their emotional reunion online and wrote: “The war tore so many families apart and to bring them together in Israel is so magical.”
In the video, the two men hold their arms out to each other and warmly embrace.
Sana, who lives in Ra’anana, Israel, tells his long-lost cousin, “It’s good to see you.”
Mairowitz, who now lives in the U.K. responds, “Seventy-five years. I know it’s a long time. We’ve got each other now. And we can see each other.”
The last time the cousins saw each other was in 1940 in Romania.
That year, the Nazis invaded their country, and each boy fled with his separate immediate family. They both thought that the other had died in a Nazi concentration camp. To say that they were pleasantly surprised to find out they both had survived is an understatement.
In the video, Sana tells Mairowitz that over the years, he’ll often think about him. “I imagine you when you were a little boy,” he says.
They both say how “very, very glad” they are to see each other and to revisit their childhood memories.