Holocaust survivors reunite 71 years later — thanks to Yom Kippur Zoom prayer Ruth Brandspiegel heard the name of her childhood friend Sasha … (Larry Brandspiegel via AP). He improved his English at night school, and studied architecture and civil engineering at Pratt Institute. Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later . She attended high school and worked as a bookkeeper before marrying in 1957 at age 21. The young child in her arms was also crying. said Eisenberg, 79, using Brandspiegel's original name which she adapted to Ruth after moving to America. He and his wife had two children: Alissa, a teacher, and Kevin, a lawyer. My great aunt reunited with a long lost friend during a Yom Kippur virtual service: https://t.co/iaoEIknH7m, A little ray of sunshine for your day... https://t.co/Rj6nimt18j, This is an incredible story. In this June 1948 photo provided by Ruth Brandspiegel, the Eisenberg and Brandspiegel families gather around the tombstone of Abraham Eisenberg at the Hallein Displaced Persons Camp in Austria. Eisenberg, father of Holocaust survivor Israel "Sasha" Eisenberg, died in a car accident shortly after World War II. Low 56F. "It's 70 years and I was a child. And even as I speak now, I kind of tremble a little bit about it.”. The AP is solely responsible for this content. "Of course, we were family already," said Brandspiegel, 83. Brandspiegel was born in 1936 in Ciechanów. A detour from the intersection of Boonesborough Road and Kanawha Falls Road will be available. ... Sasha, Never forget that moment.”. After some back-and-forth on the phone with the Eisenberg family, Larry called with the good news: It was indeed her beloved childhood friend. They later met at a displaced persons camp in Austria, where they became close friends. Winds light and variable. "I said to myself, Sasha? Decades ago their families, who came from the same city in Poland, escaped the Nazis, crossed into the Soviet Union and were sent to different labor camps in Siberia, where Eisenberg was born. After some weeks in Ukraine, her family was sent to a labor camp in Siberia and later to the Ural Mountains, “where it was a little warmer.” After the war they briefly went back to Poland but left with the help of Jewish organizations to the Hallein Displaced Persons Camp in Austria, in 1946, where they befriended a family that hailed from their same hometown. They met under a sukkah, a temporary shelter used to celebrate the weeklong Jewish fall holiday of Sukkot. So for years the long-lost friends were unknowingly living less than 60 miles apart. “So it was very emotional for me. He and his wife had two children: Alissa, a teacher, and Kevin, a lawyer. NEW YORK (AP) — Holocaust survivors Ruth Brandspiegel and Israel “Sasha” Eisenberg call their reunion a miracle that began on the holiest day in Judaism, and it only happened thanks to a prayer service that was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. In this photo provided by Ruth Brandspiegel, brothers and Holocaust survivors Moty Eisenberg, left, and Israel "Sasha" Eisenberg are photographed at the Hallein Displaced Persons Camp in Austria in 1949. said Eisenberg, 79, using Brandspiegel's original name which she adapted to Ruth after moving to America. They were reunited 71 years later on the Jewish fall holiday, Sukkot. The following year his mother decided to take the family to Israel, where he lived in a kibbutz and served in the military before moving to Brooklyn in 1964. "I said to myself, Sasha? They, too, ended up in a Siberian camp and returned to Poland briefly after the war. After some back-and-forth on the phone with the Eisenberg family, Larry called with the good news: It was indeed her beloved childhood friend. "So it was very emotional for me. “I said to myself, Sasha? Holocaust survivors reunite 71 years later — thanks to Yom Kippur Zoom prayer Ruth Brandspiegel heard the name of her childhood friend Sasha … Sign up now to get our FREE breaking news coverage delivered right to your inbox. “Of course, we were family already,” said Brandspiegel, 83. Most Read Stories. So for years the long-lost friends were unknowingly living less than 60 miles apart. Brandspiegel recently became reunited, after more than 70 years, with fellow Holocaust survivor Israel “Sasha” Eisenberg, whom she met at the displaced camp in Austria where they became friends. The resurfacing project for milling will begin on Thursday, Oct. 29 and Friday, Oct. 30, 2020 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Workers will begin paving the road on Wednesday, Nov. 4 and will end on Monday, Nov. 9. On Oct. 3, they were finally reunited. How could that possibly be?” she said. Published on 20.10.2020. More than 70 years later, Brandspiegel, now a Philadelphia resident, heard a familiar name being called out in a Yom Kippur service held in late September via Zoom by her son's synagogue in East Brunswick, New Jersey. Boonesborough Road to Beckwith-Kanawha Falls Road will be closed for paving. So she called son Larry Brandspiegel, a cantor at the East Brunswick Jewish Center, and asked him to help her check. How could that possibly be?" So for years the long-lost friends were unknowingly living less than 60 miles apart. 'When evil works for good', said another user. You can join the discussion by using another browser, like, It looks like you're using Microsoft Edge. They met under a sukkah, a temporary shelter used to celebrate the weeklong Jewish fall holiday of Sukkot. The Eisenbergs had left Ciechanw in the late 1930s, fearful of the Nazis. FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS)-- The West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) announced a heads up for drivers in Fayette County. Her family escaped after Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939, which marked the onset of World War II. They later met at a displaced persons camp in Austria, where they became close friends. They last saw each other there, in 1949, before losing track of each other's whereabouts. Associated Press religion coverage receives support from the Lilly Endowment through the Religion News Foundation. The following year his mother decided to take the family to Israel, where he lived in a kibbutz and served in the military before moving to Brooklyn in 1964. … Sasha, Never forget that moment.”. Posted: Oct 20, 2020 / 07:10 AM EDT / Updated: Oct 20, 2020 / 07:10 AM EDT. Ruth Brandspiegel heard a familiar name called out in a Yom Kippur service held via Zoom, which turned out to be a close friend she met at a displaced persons camp in Austria. He was of the Pentecostal faith and worke…. Updated: October 20, 2020 07:20 AM So I called it a miracle, because I don't see any other way that humans can organize such an event and make everything come together.". A Hubbard Broadcasting Company, By LUIS ANDRES HENAO and JESSIE WARDARSKI, COVID-19 in Greater Rochester & Finger Lakes area. Eisenberg's father died in a car accident in 1948, and he still remembers how Brandspiegel's dad, “a pious, religious man,” helped him through his grief by reciting with him the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead. she said. And even as I speak now, I kind of tremble a little bit about it.”. In this 1948 photo, provided by Ruth Brandspiegel, Brandspiegel is photographed in the Hallein Displaced Persons Camp in Austria following World War II. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Eisenberg's father died in a car accident in 1948, and he still remembers how Brandspiegel's dad, "a pious, religious man," helped him through his grief by reciting with him the Kaddish, the Jewish prayer for the dead. Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later ... heard a familiar name being called out in a Yom Kippur service held in late September via Zoom by her son’s synagogue in … Brandspiegel's son hosted a socially distanced gathering at his home in East Brunswick under a sukkah, a temporary shelter used to observe the seven days and nights of the Jewish fall holiday Sukkot. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph.. Brandspiegel's son hosted a socially distanced gathering at his home in East Brunswick under a sukkah, a temporary shelter used to observe the seven days and nights of the Jewish fall holiday Sukkot. “He said, ‘Oh mom, what are you talking about?’” she recalled. “A thing like this, you don’t forget,” Eisenberg said. 24/7 coverage of breaking news and live events. So I called it a miracle, because I don't see any other way that humans can organize such an event and make everything come together.". “I said to myself, Sasha? "I said ... just take a look.'". “A thing like this, you don’t forget,” Eisenberg said. She attended high school and worked as a bookkeeper before marrying in 1957 at age 21. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. by: LUIS ANDRES HENAO and JESSIE WARDARSKI, Associated Press, In this photo provided by Larry Brandspiegel, Holocaust survivors Israel “Sasha” Eisenberg, left, and Ruth Brandspiegel are reunited on Oct. 3, 2020, in East Brunswick, N.J. for the first time in more than 70 years since their families left the Hallein Displaced Persons Camp in Austria. “So it was very emotional for me. On Oct. 3, they were finally reunited. "I said ... just take a look.’”. Copyright ©2019, News Tribune Publishing. Sasha, never forget that moment.". “I even didn’t know that Regina was in America!” said Eisenberg, 79, using Brandspiegel's original name which she adapted to Ruth after moving to America. She had heard his name during the service because his wife, Marsha, wanted to give him a shoutout after being married for 53 years. He and his wife had two children: Alissa, a teacher, and Kevin, a lawyer. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. Yom Kippur Zoom reunites Holocaust survivors 71 years later News. They met under a sukkah, a temporary shelter used to celebrate the weeklong Jewish fall holiday of Sukkot. “I even didn’t know that Regina was in America!” said Eisenberg, 79, using Brandspiegel's original name which she adapted to Ruth after moving to America. So she called son Larry Brandspiegel, a cantor at the East Brunswick Jewish Center, and asked him to help her check. The couple opened a children’s clothing store and had three children: Flora, Debbie and Larry. Her family escaped after Hitler’s invasion of Poland in 1939, which marked the onset of World War II. The following year his mother decided to take the family to Israel, where he lived in a kibbutz and served in the military before moving to Brooklyn in 1964. "But it was something that I never expected, and this was something that gave me so much pleasure that I’m just crying. The AP is solely responsible for this content. Our commenting system is more compatible with, Holts Summit man hurt in Osage County wreck, Boone County wrecks injure 3 including state trooper. How could that possibly be?” she said. They later met at a displaced persons camp in Austria, where they became close friends. “I said to myself, Sasha? All rights reserved. She had heard his name during the service because his wife, Marsha, wanted to give him a shoutout after being married for 53 years. ... Sasha, Never forget that moment.". Brandspiegel was born in 1936 in Ciechanów. Meanwhile Brandspiegel's family had moved to Philadelphia in 1952. Brandspiegel was born in 1936 in Ciechanów. NEW YORK -- Holocaust survivors Ruth Brandspiegel and Israel “Sasha” Eisenberg call their reunion a miracle that began on the holiest day in Judaism, and it only happened thanks to a prayer service that was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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