Two Polish women, one a Jewess who hid from the Nazis during the Holocaust and the other the woman who saved her, were reunited in New York last week, the New York Post reported.
Mira Wexler, 76, and Helena Weglowski,85, tearfully embraced at Kennedy Airport the day before Thanksgiving. They hadn't seen each other since World War II.
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“I’m extremely happy to see Mira again. I remember the time before the war when we would play together. The war destroyed everything — but now we can be together again and I’m extremely overwhelmed,” said Weglowski.
Wexler called it a miracle. “It was very touching for me to be here and see Helena again. It’s something I couldn’t imagine until now — and it’s happening,” said Wexler, who now lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
“Helena’s family always risked their life because sometimes the soldiers came from parachutes and they didn’t see them coming,” she added.
Wexler's father, Jacob, was killed by the Nazis, but Weglowski’s family helped the other members of the family – Wexler, her mother and her brother – escape to their mill farm in Stara Huta, Poland
When it became too dangerous for them to stay on the farm, they hid in forest near the mill and Weglowski, who was just a child then, brought them food.
“I’d hide myself and my mother in the woods and in the nights, when we could, we’d always go to Helena’s home to have coats and food,” Wexler said.
“They always hid us because it was very hard to stay in the woods without any food in the cold time so Helena’s family always welcomed us in,” she said.
“My parents had huge hearts and they decided to rescue everybody who it was possible to,” Weglowski said.
The reunion was arranged by the New York-based Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, which supports Weglowski financially due to her family’s good deed in saving Jews from the Nazis.