With all of the negative news we’re bombarded with every day, it’s nice to be reminded that stories like this still exist. On May 10, WWII Veteran Sid Shafner was finally reunited with a man that he helped rescue from a concentration camp in 1945.
Shafner, 94, was flown to Israel and Poland to be honored at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony and reunited with Holocaust survivors he helped liberate. When Shafner was serving overseas, he helped free approximately 30,000 Jewish prisoners at Dachau Concentration Camp.
As Shafner recalls, his convoy was stopped by a 19-year-old Jewish man named Marcel Levy who insisted they change course to help free them from Dachau. Shafner was one of the first soldier to enter Dachau and formed a close relationship with Levy after the liberation.
Now, for the first time in decades, Levy and Shafner have reunited at an Israeli military base before he set off to be honored in Poland. The “From Holocaust to Independence” ceremony is sponsored and run by non-profit organization Friend of the Israeli Defense Forces.
The heart-warming reunion was recorded, and you can see the two men hugging and crying as they greet one another. They share a conversation and Levy introduces Shafner to some of his family members.
It’s almost impossible to keep from shedding a tear once Levy shares his appreciation for the man who helped rescue him. “Everything I have today, all of my children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, is due to you, Sid,” he says softly. It’s a beautiful and emotional moment that neither man will likely ever forget.