102-Year-Old Thinks His Whole Family Died In WWII Until He Meets The Nephew He Never Knew He Had

by Ann-Sophie Kaemmerle
Native New Yorker, University of Virginia graduate, runner, and sometimes stand-up performer.

The horror of World War II left many families torn apart and homes decimated. Back then, in the midst of war, there was no telling who for sure was dead and who was alive. Some people, like 102-year-old Holocaust survivor Eliahu Pietruszka, lived their lives under the assumption that most, if not all their family members had died.

Eliahu was one of the lucky few who was able to flee Poland when the war broke out. He was just 24 years old and forced to leave behind his family, including his younger brother, Volf.

Volf, in turn, was also lucky to escape the death camp where the rest of his family died, but he ended up in a Siberian work camp.

For years, Eliahu believed that his brother had died in that work camp. But, as he found out 70 years later, at 102 years old, this wasn’t the case. While Eliahu was in Israel, Volf had settled down in rural Russia and had a family, including a son named Alexandre.

It was Eliahu’s grandson who found evidence of Alexandre while going through records of victims of the Holocaust. He found that Volf had filed a testimony stating he believed that Eliahu had died, too. After finding out that Volf had one child, a meeting between the 102-year-old and his long-lost nephew was organized.

The two met and cried openly in one another’s arms! Eliahu says that his nephew is the spitting image of his brother.

He also added that the meeting was a fitting end to a long and eventful life. Please SHARE if you’re glad this uncle and nephew were able to meet — even after 70 years!

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