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Cherish This Emotional Reunion Between 94 Year Old WW2 Vet And Holocaust Survivor That He Saved

May 19, 2016

A World War II veteran was reunited with the Holocaust survivor he set free seven decades ago from the Dachau concentration camp in southern Germany in 1945.


The World War II veteran, Sid Shafner, 94, spent last week in Israel and Poland to reunite with the survivors his troops helped save.

According to ABC News, he was honored at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony for his hand, as a young troop, in helping to liberate some 30,000 prisoners from the Dachau Concentration Camp in southern Germany in 1945.

One of the prisoners that Shafner helped save was Marcel Levy, who was just 19 at the time.


Peter Weintraub, president of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, which sponsored the trip, told ABC News, that the two men became friends and were reunited for the first time in 20 years.

Sid and Marcel come face to face for the first time in decades and embrace one another in the emotional reunion caught on video.

According to Weintraub, Levy told Shafner, “everything I have today, all of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, is due to you, Sid.” Levy even presented Shafner with a plaque that read “You came like a warrior angel … and carried me into the light.”