Lovers in Auschwitz, Reunited 72 Years Later. He Had One Question.

Was she the reason he was alive today?

Comments: 159

  1. Beautiful. Sad. Triumphant. Tragic. Heart warming. Heart breaking. What a story.

  2. love and life are two different things but love always wins over life.

  3. Incredible story. Life can be tragic and beautiful at the same time.

  4. Wow. Truth is better than fiction. How inspiring, yet incredibly sad at the same time.

  5. An amazing story, poignant and rich, rising from ashes of evil. Thank you.

  6. Wow, thanks for sharing your story with journalists so we could learn. So many layers of complexity. The juxtaposition of 1.1 million murdered and this instance of love lost is so poignant. So many stories abruptly ended in the camps, and so many others altered forever. The description of her odd position of power in the camps illuminates the evil which bureaucracy is capable of and at the same time how we each play our part and can do more for the better. It sounds like the sex was intense: hiding, fearing death, and also falling in love. Humans. It's rare to hear these kinds of stories and painfully quaint how they struggled to face each other again. And to imagine her waiting in Warsaw is agonizing. Glad they both survived and grieving for those who did not. Never forget.

  7. Sad, terrifying, and beautiful. Thank you Keren Blankfeld for bringing these two amazing people into my life this morning.

  8. As an ex-GI who worked with Displaced Persons in Germany, I can well understand Mr. Wisnia's desire to embrace the USA "110%." A beautiful story about two remarkable people.

  9. Now we have 10s of thousands of people at our southern border with tales of escaping persecution, but we look on them with disgust and turn them away.

  10. @Stephen Taking "Little Davey" on was so refreshingly irregular in military terms and an act of problem solving and caring. What distinguishes this country and is now in jeopardy.

  11. Thank you... for the miracle of today. I'm crying and joyful at the same moment. Never forget.

  12. I’m lying here in bed this morning with tears in my eyes having just read this beautiful and heart-wrenching, truly life-affirming story. Lately I find myself approaching my daily (sometimes hourly) perusing of the N.Y. Times online with anticipated dread and a low level of anxiety. To me, the news of the day remains bleak and filled with depressing news and stories. It never used to be that way. Just when I consider that I should break from the Times and stop reading it, even going so far as cancelling my subscription, along comes a story which supports my internal belief in the basic good of humanity. That there are in fact people among us who recognize the value of decency, of moral courage, and the hopes we may share for the potential for a caring, non-violent global community is rooted in the most basic of relationships - that between just two people. Thanks, NY Times, and please keep publishing those rare stories that nurture hope.

  13. @Rtd Your comment almost mirrors my feelings. It’s still middle of the night here and I often check in when I wake up for whatever reason to ensure nothing major is happening in the world. I’m in bed with tears as well and while reading this harrowing love story, I feel slightly guilty that I’m in a space that is so warm, comfy, and safe. I’ve yet to consider fully turning away from the Times but, especially since 2016, I do go on mental health breaks every so often from it and news in general. But ever the intensely curious soul, I eventually have to know what’s happening out there and am rewarded with stories of inspiration, bravery, and love like this one.

  14. @left coast finch Thanks for your supportive response. It’s comforting to know I’m not the only one going through this experience of being overwhelmed with the constant barrage of the news cycle and working to find an appropriate balance to maintain my own healthy perspective and self-care. Especially when we’re on opposition coasts! I suspect there are others geographically between us with the same challenge.

  15. @Rtd I find myself in a similar situation. My other response was admiration for Zippi's ongoing humanitarian work. We face two grave challenges: saving our democracy and saving our planet. In response, what would Zippi be doing?

  16. Remarkable story. Thank you for sharing.

  17. So moving and beautifully written. Brings tears for sure. Heartfelt thank you for sharing

  18. Threw tears I write how inspired I am by their story of life and love.

  19. Wonderful to start my day with a story about love, sacrifice and integrity. Thanks you.

  20. How utterly powerful the lives of these two individuals remained vibrant even when the wartime Jewish diaspora was unfolding and was mindbogglingly complicated. Nevertheless, this love story is extremely important as the world endures thematic anti-Jewish sentiments uniquely similar to Holocaust mentally and indiscriminate hatefulness. It is important to remember that everyone needs to visit Jerusalem and connect the many historic dots from time in memorial and plant a tree (and support the Israeli economy). It is amazing to see the returning diaspora citizenry speak dozens of languages connected by ancient blood and text.

  21. @left coast finch Keep-in-mind, Jerusalem Palestinians are citizen of Israel and are emblematic of peaceful coexistence as one walks the cobblestones of the Old City. That is the point (as the crossroads of great religions are symbolized there). Gazing above the rooftops of the old city one easily sees ties that both bind and separate people. Jerusalem has many religions and sects that has widely differing views of days past and forward. That is the point that everyone needs to see and experience. Current Israeli politicians are not oblivious or ignorant. They are however without great imaginations regarding peace and prosperity for all.

  22. @left coast finch Arab states rejected UN partition plan back then. And declared war on the only Jewish state of Israel. Arab states lost. No precedent in world history that the victim i.e. Israel surrender anything to the attacker.

  23. How beautiful, sad and terrifying. Thank you.

  24. Beautiful. Miraculous. Powerful. Humanity at its most awesome.

  25. Sometimes a news article is an epic, containing everything important about human beings. Thank you for bringing this story to us and making these two heroic people so vivid that I can't help crying.

  26. Beautifully told. I am in tears.

  27. What an incredible story. Thank you, NYT, for publishing this.

  28. I read Modern Love column in NY Times. This story can easily one of the top Modern Love story. I am so touched by how two souls can remain in love in spite of all that comes their way. To experience such love is truly a GIFT.

  29. Love overcomes all. God Bless them both.

  30. As I wipe away tears, I’m sure this will be the most poignant article I read in today’s paper. Thank you for sharing their story.

  31. Keren, you did a remarkable job in translating this experience to us all... thank you so much for that. When working with survivors in the Ben-Gurion Society in Miami during the late 80's, their stories changed my life dramatically. I never thought I'd hear another told in the manner and impact I know so well, and you did it.

  32. I can't remember ever being as moved by a story as I am this minute. I can't ever remember tearing up, either. Keren Blankfeld, you have given us a masterpiece with writing that captured -- really captured -- the incredible lives of two people who survived and never forgot. Thank you.

  33. I, too, am teary-eyed.

  34. Speechless after such a wonderful tale of life. Thank you

  35. This beautiful story moved me to tears.

  36. Thank you for publishing this article. I rarely cry....but this one got to me. Two people, brought together in a real-life horror story, display courage, passion and decency. Two lives well lived.

  37. Such an incredible wonderful story. True love at its best. Glad it was shared.

  38. Moved to tears by this beautiful story, thanks Karen.

  39. My goodness. What a beautiful and moving story. I tear up pretty easily so, needless to say, my eyes were definitely moist after reading this.

  40. Extraordinary, amazing, and deeply moving story. But, alas, extremely exceptional. I was touched by how, after so many years, and with a bare thread of her senses, she still had a feeling of guilt.

  41. Great story, great life, my respects to both Mr. and Ms.

  42. A beautiful story that had emerged from something so horrific.This should be made into a movie!Thank you!

  43. Thank you for this inspiring story. Perhaps today, just one day, we can act with charity and love towards all we come in contact with?

  44. @Elizabeth Another inspirational and powerful story of survival. Working her in Portland with different asylum seekers, it is sadly a fact that the cruelity of hatred still exists around the world. Will we ever learn from history or just keep repeating it.

  45. Thank you. While I normally avoid stories that are sentimental, I am glad I read this one. Best wishes to you and to David

  46. @Voisin Sentimental? This is an epic hero's journey. No sentimentality here.

  47. We need to hear and remember this story, and others like it to see our way through the darkness and growing hatred that is resurgent in our time.

  48. An amazing story about some beautiful loving moments when death was everywhere. Thanks for sharing.

  49. That love could blossom and flourish among so much hate is itself a testament to the real power of love. Thank-you for telling this story.

  50. Tremendous piece of writing that weaves horrific history with hope and love.

  51. The story brought tears to my eyes. Thank you to the Times for sharing it with your readers.

  52. Wow. This is the most incredibly amazing and romantic story I have read in some time. Beautifully written, too. Well done, Keren. That this human connection could have survived all these years is beyond incredible and gives us hope that even in the darkest of times, love, amidst all the daily chaff around our lives, can stand out as a beacon of hope. Thank you for sharing this most striking of stories.

  53. Wonderful story. I'll bet it becomes a movie.

  54. @Thyra Porter Remembrance (2011), a German movie, directed by Anna Justice, based on a true story. Somewhat similar to the story in the article.

  55. Thank you for this beautiful story. Love is always love, no matter how long the absence.

  56. "And we are here as on a darkling plain Swept with confused alarms of struggle and flight, Where ignorant armies clash by night." Among the most beautiful, heartbreaking love stories ever.

  57. @Ric Fouad Apt, yet I think there's a profound combination of faith and pragmatism in Mr. Wisnia that transcends Arnold's lovely sad imagery.

  58. @Ian Yes, a pragmatism that left the woman who loved him and kept him alive waiting in vain...

  59. @MC Easy to judge others from the comfort of your warm house. If you had experienced 10% of what David went through you would have refrained from posting.

  60. Thank you so much for publishing this incredible story. We need more like this.

  61. Please someone, make this beautiful love story into a beautiful film. I want to see an adult worthy movie for a change.

  62. @Deborah Anderson See Remembrance - a film about another real life couple who escaped the camps and meet decades later.

  63. Like others I was brought to tears by the story, but more so by what should have been but wasn't. One can only hope those sweet emotions from a younger time sustained these two remarkable people.

  64. Mr. Wisnia's need to ask Ms. Spitzer (Zichrahno Livracha) if she had saved his life is terribly familiar. It is an iteration of the question that haunts most of the Holocaust survivors I've worked with: how is it they stayed alive when others, even those with identical "advantages" did not? By any measure, Ms. Spitzer was an extraordinary woman. It was Mr. Wisnia's great luck to have crossed paths with her, someone who saved his life not once, but five times. And luck? That is the only answer Holocaust survivors I've known give to the question of how they survived. May Mr. Wisnia have found peace in Ms. Spitzer's reply.

  65. "Love is best." Thank you for a beautiful and inspiring account.

  66. Sometimes when you read a story like this, the story of two amazing lives, you realize how wonderful a life is .

  67. Overwhelming. What is in the human spirit to continue living during and after such a catastrophe? More than a movie, this story should be the source of a new opera, since music was part of their bond.

  68. @David G That's a wonderful idea!!

  69. Our lives are shaped by the various people we meet along the way. No truer words can be said for this article. Thank you for a lovely article amid all the bad news. And it's a reminder that people can love more than one person in their lifetime.

  70. Brilliant. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This is why I subscribe to the New York Times. What a wonderful story to read out to my wife and children on a cold Sunday afternoon.

  71. Thank you, Ms. Blankfeld for telling this remarkable story.

  72. Very touchng story, very beautiful. True love endures, no matter what happens in life. This kind of love is a treasure.

  73. A beautiful piece of humanity, both during WW2 and all those years later. Bravo to those two who loved in such a place as that.

  74. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  75. We are in danger of forgetting the horrors of authoritarianism and war, ignoring the signs all around us. Thank you.

  76. what a beautiful story of two remarkable people.

  77. What a beautiful, heartfelt story. Thank you for sharing.

  78. With tears I read this. Despite the years and separation, when you love someone, it truly never dies. For those of us who will never have a reunion as tender as this, we have our memories which we treasure. How remarkable it is that, that specific memory does not fade. Perhaps that is how the love endures.

  79. @JBell I agree. Zippi shines through this story as a woman who would not be made a victim, who arranged life, as much as she could in any circumstances, to make the best of it for herself. An inspirational woman.

  80. Aha! I knew Zippi went back to Warsaw and waited for Mr. Wisna before she revealed her him, Zippi is a strong confident woman who loved fully and lived fully. There are not that many people who can be like her. I admire her!

  81. I'm humbled by these 2 people and their incredible life experiences.

  82. My dear wife of 52 years and I just finished reading this beautiful love story. We are in tears. Neither of us experienced Auschwitz, and have lived a life of comparative great comfort. But we grieve deeply for all who suffered so terribly, and pray that the hatred never, ever be permitted to surface again.

  83. @Richard Langer I just had to respond to you. I had just finished reading this amazing story on my laptop and was reading the comments when my husband of going on 62 yrs this month entered the room to tell me there is an article on the NYT times he knew I would want to read. Needless to say I did not have to ask what article he was referencing. I met my mothers cousins survivors of Auschwitz when they arrived in US in I think 1948. The few survivors of our family became amazing citizens with their contributions to our country. I do not feel free to say their names or what they have done without their permission. I do think you have heard of them. We need to always remember the horrors of the holocaust and tell the amazing stories of the survivors and their ethics and morality and love in the worst of times. I am now going to see if David Wisznia still performs as a cantor, as I live near to Levittown Pa. Thank you NYT for the story.

  84. @RichardLanger-we can start replacing hate with love by voting D, and saying A Dios to Trump and his minions.

  85. A beautiful, poignant story. The juxtaposition of love amid horror is stunning and fascinating and heart wrenching all at once. The history contained in this story - with intricacies of concentration camp politics, choices made by those prisoners granted privileges, how people survived mentally, physically and emotionally - is so important so that we never forget, so that we realize how easily hate can easily flourish. But also how humans can overcome such hatred, how love is so much more than hate, how love helps us survive war, brutality, ugliness. I fear we as a world society are forgetting the Holocaust and other historical harms. It happened and can happen again. Thank you to the survivors for their courage in telling their story to us and to the author for telling it and to the NY Times for publishing it.

  86. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful story of love and survival in the face of overwhelming adversity and tragedy. A poignant reminder to be open to opportunity and to share your good fortune along the way.

  87. A beautiful sorrowful heart wrenching experience. It can be difficult to remember sometimes that there’s more than just the terrifyingly bad news of the modern world that seems to pour out of every device and in to our heads throughout our waking hours. There’s a human side as well....humanity. In many ways the news, in its various forms, paints a picture that forms our broader reality. Our social perception of the world at large is sculpted by various media sources and the news is most significant of them all with the greatest responsibility. You effect how we perceive each other, how we interact. It can’t be overstated the role in our social evolution the news fills. You exist to cast light, expose wrongs, report truth and you assure that society remembers all the things we can never allow to be forgotten and never be permitted through action nor inaction to occur again. Humanity, it’s atrocities, it’s callousness and it’s ugliness at times is a part our story. The love, hope, care and all the other goodness in us is our beautiful dichotomy, our contrast, our miracle. A miracle oblivious to color or culture or religion or socioeconomic status or sex or sexual preference or any of the countless other meaningless differences I could name. A miracle fundamental to us. Fundamentally human. It is exactly this we must remember and what we must see when we look at those around us. (I know....A bit “preachy” but I just feel like someone’s gotta say something....right?) Thanks.

  88. @Kennethg "Preachy, right?" Oh no!! A clear invitation for us all to recognize, embrace and exercise are born-in impulse to love, care-for all beings and things on the planet now suffering from our woundings...we need more, not less from you...

  89. I am in tears after reading this. Although I have read many heartfelt stories in the NYT, this is a both a heartbreaker and uplifting.

  90. This beautiful story teaches us everything about the true human spirit when tested under the most horrific circumstances: Resilience, courage, love.

  91. This is one of the most moving features I've ever read in the NYT, proof that love - in even the most abominable conditions- wins. Triumphant, brave, moral, intelligent people, role models for us all. May we remember their legacy as we move full steam ahead into the dark abyss of our dying democracy.

  92. @Sarah Strohmeyer agreed - it can happen here and we are well in our way.

  93. @Bjh Do something about it. Get involved.

  94. My dear parents, both very recently deceased, married in 1942 but in the US where things were bad enough for Jews. They were married for 72 years before my mother died in 2015 (my father died 3 weeks ago today at 97). This poignant story made me think how very fortunate they were to have shared those 72 years together, as Mr. Wisnia and Ms. Spitzer might have if circumstances had been different. What a tremendous story of courage and strength of character in a situation that must be remembered, never forgotten.

  95. What a beautiful story of love, courage and survival. And what wonderful people they both went on to be. Rest in peace Zippi.

  96. A wonderful story. David's a great soul. He was also the cantor at my bar mitzvah.

  97. I doubt if anyone could read this story without tears flowing. I've read many heartfelt articles about survivors from the very worst period in history, this one touched me the most. One of my grandmothers ( Hungarian ) maiden name was Helene Spitzer. David and Helen were remarkable and their beautiful story must not be forgotten.

  98. Beautiful stuff. Made me cry.

  99. @Conan Smith Me too!

  100. I’ve just finished reading this and I have tears in my eyes.

  101. What a poignant reminder of the difference one person can make. Is there a way to hear the Hungarian song she taught him?

  102. I would love to know the song as well. It must be a beautiful metaphor of their story.

  103. This is what courageous love looks like. Romance was alive and well in the most life threatening of situations.

  104. Tears flowing. What a testament to human spirit and devotion. To think she saved him five times, from ‘bad transport’. They both made a life worth living, filled with love and purpose. Triumphed over their captors and survived, not only for themselves but also for those that perished. To think how many lives were taken, people that could have lived and loved. Taking their lives was one evil, robbing them of a life of happiness and love was the ultimate cruelty. What was the purpose? The motivation? That this gentle and caring man had to witness and drag dead bodies from the electric fences, at just 17, is horrific. He was brave and daring and she too. That they shared their stories bears witness to their bravery and their commitment to the human spirit.

  105. @Andrew B Both continued serving others after being released from the camps. He joined the US Army in an unofficial but meaningful way and she worked to help others in countries around the world. Special people both. I am so glad they survived and were able to reconnect after so many years.

  106. Wonderful story. Thanks so much.

  107. With all that is happening in the world, much of it not good, comes a story about raw human emotion and the power of love. I am happy that the pair got the chance to meet one last time, and bring their relationship full circle. Wonderful story. Thank you, NY Times.

  108. @Kathleen As you point out, much of what is happening around the world is not good: a rise in racial/ethnic/religious hatred, a growing attraction to authoritarian, bellicose political leaders, a denial of objective fact-finding, all of which increase the chances that the world will stumble once again into another planet-wide armed conflict. This moving story is but one example of the agonizing costs of continuing on the course we're on. If for no other reason than self-preservation, the zealots among us need to dial back the rhetoric and decide to learn to co-exist with their perceived enemies. The alternative is too awful to contemplate.

  109. As the son of an American WWII veteran who saw lots of action in the European theater (but never talked about it until the last few weeks of his life), I’ve spent years reading and learning about all aspects of the War and it’s impact. I don’t ever remember reading a more moving of more meaningful story than this one. Let’s spread this around so we can all learn.

  110. What a story! She sounded like a remarkable person. Him too. Made me cry.

  111. Such a beautiful story. But I have one question: Why did they not see each other again after their reunion?

  112. Well, she died only two years after their reunion. She was clearly extremely ill, on her hospital bed, and he was very elderly and probably not as mobile as he’d once been. They may have not felt it necessary to keep meeting up. I can imagine many reasons.

  113. This story, this is what my soul needed to read today. With so much bad news and divisiveness in the world, this was the tonic of hope, resilience, compassion, decency, and humanity that I need to awaken to, so thank you New York Times for this gift of the season.

  114. This is why I keep my NYTimes subscription. I don't necessarily trust the news, but these stories are just amazing, and they are so incredible, it gives me hope.

  115. 100 years from now, we will continue to find survivors and heart warming stories.

  116. Tears of joy for the triumph of Love! Wow, I am so moved and in awe of the resilience, bravery and humanity of these very special people. Excellent, well written story NY Times! Bravo for running it! The entire world should have the chance for this story to enter their hearts.

  117. I have been to the Holocaust Museum, an entire day alone. My Father, born in 1908, served with the field artillery in 3rd Army in France and Germany. Thank you so much for this wonderful story.

  118. Thank You, Thank You, for this beautiful story. My tears flowed upon its ending. I am drawn to human stories surrounding WW II and the Holocaust period. So much we can all learn from this historical, devastating, tragic time. Blessings on all victims of hatred and violence. Your stories give me strength in my beliefs on nonviolence, peace, pacifism, and an end to hatred.

  119. Worth noting that Mr Wisnia was rescued by the Band of Brothers. HBO did a remarkably good show on these men. Worth watching the 10 part series that follows them through boot camp to the end of the war, including the liberation of detention camps. Would put this couple's experience into context.

  120. What a heartfelt story. It should remind us all of what is possible through love, sacrifice and determination.

  121. Even the horrors everywhere and full oder of deaths in the concentration camp could not suppress the triumphant power of love of a Man and a Woman. It is truly a beautiful story which surpasses the demonic power of concentration camp. Their love has lived out in various forms in their lives making them active member of the society and redeeming force of the history. I wept and thanked God when Mr, Wisnia and Ms.Tichauer could meet again and he could sing the Hungarian song Ms.Michauer taught in the camp... Ah... the trembling moment.. It will live forever. Love will prevail always. Thanks for the story. It made my day.

  122. NYT, the most beautiful and fascinating story. Thank you !

  123. Beautiful, just beautiful.

  124. I am to lucky that I had the opportunity to read Mr. Wisnia's book. It was a remarkable story told with humor through the horror. Look for it, and read more of the story of the lovers, and of the human spirit.

  125. Thank you for this beautiful story.

  126. Beautiful love story. Could be made into a great movie.

  127. @Catherine Better than Titanic too.

  128. I don’t tear up easily but looking for the tissues now. The story connects us each with preciousness of our human experiences.

  129. Heart wrenching and beautiful. Thank you for sharing such an amazing story.

  130. Marvelous story of human endearment, profound melancholy to see we will resurrect the demon that created the Auschwitz scenario and must stay alert and continue to be vigilant and do all within our society to stop such a repeat in out life time at least. Thanks for sharing the story NYtimes.

  131. Beautiful story; history, really. Yes, I'd go see the movie.

  132. Thank you so much for this beautiful and deeply moving story! It proves that, at the end of our lives, what we really remember are those we have loved. I pray, also, that humanity will never forget the horrors of the Holocaust.

  133. I needed to read this amazing story of the human spirit and the power of love when two souls met. In today’s age of such devisiveness, I wonder what lies ahead of us. Will our devisiveness become an even bigger problem. Then I read this story about how two people connected by their love for each other, were able to survive the tragedies of the war and how their spiritual connection sustained their hope. This story gives me hope that love is still the magical and powerful force as it was back then and hasn’t been impacted by our changing society. There is hope still. The only thing I would have wished for, was for the two to have reunited sooner. Still, the fact they did reunite after such a long time is a testament to the power of love. Truly an inspirational story, the miracle of love. I have witnessed the power of love before but this story truly defines the power and sustainability of the human spirit. This is one of the reasons why I look forward to reading the New York Times. The world needs more of these true stories.

  134. I am overwhelmed and inspired by this story. This is a remarkable example of how destiny plays a role in the lives we all share. "The Target Draws The Path Of The Arrow". A story of perseverance, fortitude and the gift of living with passion and an enduring spirit for life.

  135. Are you related to my Grandma Irma Goldsmith Freschl, daughter of Theresa Greenebaum Goldsmith(1860Germany) and Samuel Goldsmith(1851Germany)...They lived in Chicago

  136. Excellent article, very well researched and very insightful.

  137. A story--both in what it chronicles and in how it is written--that restores one's humanity in all its complexity. Keren Blankfeld should receive a Pulitzer Prize for this article. And as readers, may we all take from it a renewed sense of the importance of staying engaged in the struggle for individual decency and humane democracy, no matter how difficult the struggle.

  138. @SA You are 100% correct.

  139. Ms. Blankfeld would have my vote for a Pulitzer. A beautifully told story of hope and tenacity in the face of evil. And what is the human sensiblity that creates both sides of story?

  140. Like many other commentators, I am overwhelmed by the power of hope, tenacity, and love. I was unaware that prisoners were given such authority and responsibility at the camps. Another instance of the cognitive dissonance between espoused ideals and practical realities.

  141. In the midst of our National angst, this war-time love story should remind us to hope for peace, love and enrichment of the goodness within each of us. Thank you NYT for this article and the ones like it. More apolitical news and inspiring articles would be a welcome relief. This type of inspiration and remembrance of love conquering evil might help lead our Country toward a course as a World leader once again - a leader that stands up against hate and anti-love in all its forms.

  142. Thank you for this beautiful article of love and heroism in dark times. Wow. She saved him five times without his knowing and he remembered the song she had taught him 72 years earlier. Beautiful story.

  143. How incredibly, beautifully, hauntingly sad. It's stories like this that seem to say to the universe, "There, here we are, in spite of you or because of you, here we are."

  144. Love, courage and dedication. A beautiful account of two such people. There are millions more as well.

  145. What strikes me most about this beautiful story is not only the epic love, but the intense courage these of these people. She could have just used her talent and intellect to just save herself, but she used her position and skills to save others. He could have (understandably) wanted to leave that country far behind as soon as he escaped, but he joined American forces to liberate others. Thank you to all who shine the beacon of courage and goodness... we need that light in our world today.

  146. Lovely, albeit sad story. Thank you.

  147. Many good fictional stories don't stand up to this real one. Heartfelt thanks to the author for documenting this and writing it. Never forget!

  148. The truth of the story strikes me. We are all so afraid of speaking and acknowledging the truth---of what we did and what was done to us--usually because of our misconceptions or sometimes actual conception of what others might think and do. Truth is in short supply and thank goodness we have people who speak it and put out facts that help guide others in their lives.

  149. Hard to read through my tears. Truly amazing people. Thank you.

  150. One of the most touching, profound, and important stories I've read in the NYT in a long time. We must always remember. We must always pay homage.

  151. Wow. What an incredible story, I am so very grateful to now know of both of these amazing people. Thank you for writing it and telling the world about them. She is my hero. I will carry her in my heart, to give me courage when my privileged life goes awry. If she could face all that, to help so many people in that time of horror and afterwards, I can face what troubles come to me. And she went to Warsaw and waited. And then moved on to live a brilliant, giving life. Thank you again for telling their stories. I am dumbfounded that people could survive that and then thrive in their long lives after, continuing to help others. Zippi, you are my hero.

  152. @Concerned Citizen Unfortunately I have read of many Holocaust survivors who were unable to have children whether due to malnutrition, medical experimentation, or being exposed to harmful chemicals. Since it sounds like Helen never went into great details about her experiences, we really don't know. It may not have been a "choice" for her.

  153. @Concerned Citizen : Oh, I didn't make myself clear. I could have written about her heartbreak, I'm sure she was, when he didn't arrive in Warsaw. But.....she accepted it and moved on with her life, going on to do many great things for the people in this world. She wasn't the kind of person who let that stop her (like maybe I would have!). No, I expect she was heartbroken. But she didn't allow it to bring her down into misery.

  154. A truly moving and inspiring story. It was a great read and also a great reminder that the many freedoms we enjoy today are are result of the courage and sacrifices that others before us made. Something I plan to talk to my tweenagers about today.

  155. In times of so much tumult - this story serves as a reminder of the wonders of true love and the remarkable feats that humans can achieve. May these individuals continue to bestow the blessings of their grace. Truly wondrous!

  156. Thank you for telling us this incredibly moving story.

  157. I hope that someone makes a documentary or full length movie to memorialize this story. Incredible!

  158. It's amazing to see that Love is so powerful and happens even during the most difficult situations. Love does not have barriers and drives inspiration, it is truly pure. Amazing grace.

  159. @Edgardo Gonzalez Perhaps the truest ideal of the purity of love without barriers is Mr. Wisnia's wife, who (though we are not explicitly told this) "granted" her husband's visit to Mrs. Tichauer. If that was the case, THAT is true love, and we should all learn a lesson from her grace.