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Two brothers were separated by the Holocaust. After 77 years, their families just reu

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Two brothers were separated by the Holocaust. After 77 years, their families just reunited.


May 2, 2016

The five women crowded together around the kitchen table in New Jersey, their eyes fixed on a laptop screen. It was 7 a.m., and none of them had slept well the night before; they were too anxious and excited for this moment. Jess Katz logged into Skype as her mother and three sisters watched. A face flickered into view: their cousin, the son of a long-missing uncle, the family they thought they had lost forever in the Holocaust. On the other side of the screen, on the other side of the world, Evgeny Belzhitsky sat with his daughter, his granddaughter and a translator in his home on Sakhalin Island, Russia. The eight family members smiled at each other, speechless. Then, Katz recalls, they all started to cry.

Amazing story of a Holocaust family half a world apart reuniting after 77 years.
 
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