It was a touching moment as World War II veteran Daniel Gillespie met a man in Jan. 2015 whom he had saved from a Nazi concentration camp decades earlier.
Holocaust survivor Joshua Kaufman, 87, looked at his liberator and stated: “I love you so much.”
The U.K. Daily Mail reported that the moment the two men met, they saluted each other.
“I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I love you. I love you so much,” Kaufman said. Then, the brave survivor knelt in front of his liberator, before standing up and kissing 89-year-old Gillespie’s hand.
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According to the Daily Mail, Kaufman recounted the moment he was saved from his cell in the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.
“Then I saw the white flag flying from the watchtower and I realized then that the torture was at an end. When the Americans smashed in the door, my heart did somersaults,” he stated.
Kaufman later immigrated to the United States and moved to Huntington Beach, California. Ironically, Gillespie also lived in Huntington Beach, about an hour away from Kaufman, but the two were oblivious to the fact until their emotional reunion.
Holocaust Remembrance Day took place on Jan. 27. On that day, the world remembered the 11 million innocent people who were not saved from their living hell during World War II.
President Donald Trump released his own message on the day of remembrance. It said in part: “In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.”
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