2 siblings reunited after being separated in Holocaust

What a story.

After 65 years, in which each of them thought their sibling had perished in the Holocaust, and after they searched for each other in Israel and abroad, Hilda Shelik (75) and her brother Simon Glasberg (83) met Monday. With the help of Yad Vashem’s website, the two siblings’ grandchildren discovered that family members had indeed survived the Holocaust, even though they had previously been led to believe otherwise.

“I am happy today. All the years that passed I didn’t believe my family survived. Even when my grandchildren told me they had survived, I didn’t believe it. Today I am happy,” said Hilda.

Their older brother, Karol Weiner, thought that Hilda perished in the Holocaust, and therefore submit a Page of Testimony to Yad Vashem in 1999 in Hilda’s name stating such. About a month and a half ago, her grandchildren found the Page of Testimony written by Hilda’s brother. Karol passed away the same year, without knowing that thanks to him, his siblings found Hilda in Israel.”

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  1. Jerusalemcop September 21, 2006 at 11:46 am

    great article. hanks for pointing it out.

    shana tova to you and your Jack

    J. and Jcop Jr.

  2. Jack's Shack September 20, 2006 at 5:46 pm


    That is an incredible story.


    Isn’t it.


    Me too.


    It is tragic that they lost touch for so many years. I hope that they get lots of time together to catch up.

    Shana Tova to you and your family too.

  3. torontopearl September 20, 2006 at 2:06 am

    This made the front page of today’s Toronto Star newspaper. I love stories like this, but am saddened for the lengthy passage of time that the brother and sister were not together.
    It’s truly a beautiful story, and wouldn’t it be wonderful for so many more to be told…but time is running out for these elderly Holocaust survivors.
    Thanks for sharing it, Jack.

    Shanah Tovah to you and your family. Wishing you good healthy, happiness, prosperity.

  4. Tamara September 19, 2006 at 5:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing that Jack. I LOVE those kinds of stories so much!

  5. Baleboosteh September 19, 2006 at 11:48 am

    What an incredible story!

  6. marallyn ben moshe September 19, 2006 at 7:09 am

    shalom jack…i loved this story…last year my 83 year old mother was reunited with her first cousin after 79 years…after years and years of the family’s search for relatives left in russia they gave up…then i moved to jerusalem…and my cousins moved and finally my mom…and one cousin went back one more time to yad vashem…and she found him…he had just made aliya from russia…he was the only one spared…four cousins in their 80s hugged and kissed and told stories in yiddish…it was amazing…thanks for caring enough about a story like this to blog it for your readers…stay safe

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