Italian Holocaust Survivor Marks 95th Birthday With Parachute Jump

Modesto Melis, who was interred for 16 months in Mauthausen, gives talks to schoolchildren about his experience and returned to visit the camp last year.

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Modesto Melis, an Italian nonagenarian who survived a Nazi concentration camp, has decided to celebrate his 95th birthday by once again taking up parachuting, a hobby he had in his youth, local media reported Sunday.

During World War II, Melis was interred for 16 months in Mauthausen, in Austria, La Repubblica reported. He gives talks to schoolchildren about his experience and returned to visit the camp last year, the newspaper added.

On Saturday, he performed a parachute jump with an instructor near Cagliari, in Sardinia. A video posted by La Repubblica's local sister paper, La Nuova Sardegna, showed that he was greeted by a banner laid out on the grass that read: "Happy 95th, Modesto."

Melis could also be seen kissing a wheelchair-bound woman - presumably his wife - and surrounded by well-wishers singing "happy birthday" to him.

He told reporters that he his last parachute jump had been in "early 1942" and that he was very happy to have done one again. "[Next] Saturday [I'll do] another one," he quipped.