This is perhaps the most poignant thing I’ve read in a very long time. Two childhood friends, Alice Gerstel and Simon Gronowski, were recently reunited after 76 years of separation as a result of the Holocaust.
“I thought the entire family was murdered. I had no idea,” Gerstel (now Gerstel Weit) said Wednesday, the day after their tearful reunion. She and her friend clutched hands at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust as they recounted their story.
“You didn’t know that I jumped off the train?” asked Gronowski, now 86.
“No, no. I didn’t know anything,” his 89-year-old friend replied.
Associated Press traces each survivor’s harrowing story and how they ultimately ended up reunited. It may be wise to have a tissue handy while reading this.