Not only did the Holocaust result in an estimated 6 million deaths, it also left millions of surviving family members in the dark about what happened to their loved ones after the end of the Second World War.
For a 102-year-old Polish man who fled Warsaw at the beginning of WWII, he thought he was the only survivor in his family.
Eliahu Pietruszka was only 24-years-old when he fled his country in 1939 and headed to the Soviet Union. He left behind his parents and younger twin brothers Volf and Zelig. Eliahu briefly spoke with Volf before he sent by the Russians to a Siberian work camp, and he knew that his parents and Zelig were killed in a concentration camp.
“In my heart, I thought he was no longer alive,” Eliahu said.
Under the impression that he had no family left, he left Russia and migrated to Israel in 1949.
However, the eldest brother had no idea that Volf escaped...