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Moving reunion: Holocaust survivor meets his nephew for the first time (VIDEO)

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He thought that his whole family had died in WWII, but someone else had escaped …

When he was 24 years old, Eliahu Pietruszka fled from Poland during World War II, but his parents and brothers were captured and taken to a Nazi death camp. What he didn’t know is that one of his brothers escaped and fled to Russia. Now 102 years old, Eliahu is meeting the nephew he didn’t know he had for the first time.

Sixty-six-year-old Alexandre Pietruszka knew of his maternal relatives, but he became curious about his Polish heritage. Through searching Polish archives and with the help of Eliahu’s grandson, the two eventually found each other. Eliahu’s brother Vovik passed away in 2011, but Eliahu says, “It really made me very happy that there’s at least one other remnant from my brother, and that is his son.”

You can see more of their encounter below.