Once again this story will prove that we can use the power and influence of social media to good use. One of the most important things in our lives is having a family, and sometimes because we know they are always around we do take them for granted. This story will inspire you to appreciate your loved ones and value each moment you spend with them.
Cousins Morris Sana, 87, and Simon Mairowitz, 85, grew up in Romania as childhood friends before the Second World War separated them and their families. For 75 years, they believed that the other had died during the war.
But recently, they were able to see each other again after Simon flew from the UK to Israel, where Morris currently lives. Their relatives reconnected online and learned that both of their grandfathers were still alive.
In a video shared by Leetal Ofer, Morris’ granddaughter, the latter could be seen walking into a hotel room and smiling when he sees his cousin standing there and waiting for him. The two long lost friends then shared a tearful hug, and the whole room became emotional seeing the touching reunion.
“Good to see you after all these years,” says Simon. “Seventy-five years you waited.”
The last time they saw each other was in Romania before the war broke out in 1940. Both of their families managed to escape, but they had no idea if the other survived or not. There was no way for them to know what had really happened, so they both assumed the worst – that the other was killed in a concentration camp in somewhere in Europe. The men thought that they would never see each other again after that.
Whey separated during the war, they were completely unaware that the other had survived the war established a new life on the opposite side of the world. That is until Morris’ daughter began reconnecting with her long-lost cousins on Facebook and discovered that his father’s cousin was still alive.
“Seventy five years you waited,” Simon said during the reunion. “It’s a long time. But we’ve got each other now.”
Morris then tells Simon that he remembers him from the time when he was just a young boy and Simon replied: “You remember that do you? I can’t remember that.”
Before the video ended, the two sat down together and probably had the longest talk updating each other about what happened in their lives the last 75 years. Both of the families are hoping that from now on, they will be able to keep in touch and meet as often as possible.
As terrible as that time was when they were separated, it is a comfort knowing that something positive could come out of it. This reunion of two friends is just one example.
Prepare some tissues and watch the emotional reunion of Simon and Morris in the video below.