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Posted: Sep 29, 2006 - יום
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to the story was e-mailed to me many times over so I read it again
and again. It’s an incredible story that brought tears to my eyes. Siblings
reunited 65 years after being separated during the Holocaust. Everyone likes a
nice story with such a beautiful ending. Yet, though the story has a happy
ending, its background and its lesson are far from happy.
The saga began in Europe 65 years ago when
Hilda Shlick thought she lost nearly all her family to the horrors of the
Hilda, then 10, escaped to Uzbekistan with
her older sister Bertha. The rest of the family stayed in Romania, finding
asylum in a cellar. The Glasberg’s emigrated to Canada after the war ended.
Shlick and her sister moved to Estonia, where Bertha died in 1970.
In 1998, Shlick immigrated to Israel.
During a family conversation this summer, her grandsons learned her maiden
name was Glasberg, and they began to investigate her past.
Shlick’s internet-savvy grandsons, Benny and David, both in their 20s, began
putting together the pieces of a mystery that extended more than 60 years and
traversed three continents.
They scanned the Yad Vashem database of
victims of the Holocaust. There they found a page of testimony submitted by
her brother Karol, of Montreal, who wrote about his sister Hilda, who
“perished in the Shoah.” Karol died the year he submitted the information,
but through further searches Shlick’s grandsons were able to track down his
son, who filled them in with what happened to the family after the war.
That entry also helped them locate her
81-year-old brother in Canada. When Shlick found out that other family members
survived the Holocaust she couldn’t believe it - and neither could they. The
last time they saw each other was in 1941, when the family was separated after
the Nazis invaded.
The internet search led Hilda Shlick and
her family to other surviving relatives, which eventually brought about an
emotional family reunion. Shlick’s parents died in the 1980's, living well
into their 90s, as did her brother Eddie, who died in 2004. Shlick said she
plans to travel to Canada soon to see her other relatives and visit the graves
of the parents she lost as a child. Glasberg, though thrilled to find his
sister, said the reunion was bittersweet because of all the years the family
“My poor parents, they always said,
‘We wish we would find all our kids”’ he said. “It is such a tragedy,
but now I am so happy.”
Since the reunion, the family connection
has been reestablished, with the two elderly siblings playfully communicating
in a hearty mixture of Russian and Yiddish. Their large families are
enthralled by the reunion of the siblings and have quickly become close.
Hilda Shlick’s parents died a mere
twenty years ago still crying for the children that they thought they lost in
the fires of the European war. For every family member that did find each
other after the Holocaust was over, there were millions that didn’t. I’ve
heard people say that the Holocaust is history and we should “just let
The Glasberg-Schlick story is an enduring
remembrance of the millions that were gassed and shot and starved to death who
would still be living today - and have families and descendants and
generations to enjoy. This story has a happy ending, but it should serve as a
reminder to us. The victims of the Holocaust - both living and dead - still
cry out to us, “Yizkor! Remember!” for the tragedy still lives on.
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