Cousins Who Believed Each Other Dead for Decades Reunite

They were separated during the Holocaust and only recently found each other again
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2019 1:57 PM CDT

(Newser) – Morris Sana and Simon Mairowitz grew up together, cousins and best friends, in Romania—until the Nazis invaded in 1940. The boys, both Jewish, were forced to flee the country with their families and were separated. For decades, each believed the other had been killed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust. But recently, Sana's daughter reconnected with relatives through Facebook and discovered Mairowitz was still alive, the Telegraph reports. The cousins, now 87 and 85, reunited in mid-September in Israel, where Sana now lives, in an emotional moment that was captured on video, People reports.

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"Good to see you too after all these years," says Mairowitz, who now lives in the UK, as both men cry and hug. "Seventy-five years you waited. I know it’s a long time. We’ve got each other now. And we can see each other." Sana, in turn, tells his cousin he often thought about him over the years: "I imagine you when you were a little boy." (After 69 years, a Holocaust survivor reunited with his savior.)

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