and sister from Romania
separated by Holocaust reunite after 65
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
files from the Associated Press)
Ottawa man was reunited in Israel this week with the
younger sister he thought had perished in the Holocaust
65 years ago.
Glasberg, 81, of Ottawa and his sister Hilda
Shlick, 75, from Ashdod, Israel, meet at the Yad
Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, Monday,
Sept. 18, 2006. (Emilio Morenatti/Associated
Press) Simon Glasberg, 81, of Ottawa and his
sister Hilda Shlick, 75, from Ashdod, Israel,
meet at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in
Jerusalem, Sept. 18,
Glasberg, now 81, last saw his sister Hilda Shlick when
she was only 10 years old.
more than six decades, he thought she had met the same
sad fate as six million other Jews who were killed by the
Nazis during the Second World War.
half a world away in Israel, Shlick, now 75, thought her
big brother Simon was among the dead.
the brother and sister were overjoyed to learn they were
both wrong -- thanks to another brother, Karol, who
submitted a note to preserve his sister's memory at the
Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.
week, Simon Glasberg laid eyes on Hilda for the first
time in over six decades.
spite of her grey hair, he said he recognized her at
once, and he cried as he embraced her for the first time
since she was a little girl.
"The world was swirling around, and I looked at her,"
recalled Glasberg of the moment. "I just kissed her
I couldn't stop kissing her."
world was swirling around, and I looked at
I just kissed her ...
I couldn't stop kissing her.'
Grandsons found Shlick's name in Holocaust victims
the brother in Montreal who brought Glasberg and Shlick
together did not live to see his sister again.
1999, the year he died, Karol Glasberg filed a note with
the Yad Vashem memorial, adding Hilda's name to the
memorial's Hall of Names.
black binders lining the walls are filled with the names
of millions of Holocaust victims. Biographical data of
victims, entered by family members, is also kept at the
date, 3.2 million of those records have been computerized
and 10 million people have visited the database since it
went online in 2004.
past summer, Shlick's grandsons, Benny and David, learned
that their grandmother's maiden name was Glasberg. They
searched Yad Vashem's database and found her mistakenly
listed among the dead.
was how they learned that members of Hilda's family had
not all died as Shlick believed, but some had fled to
internet sleuthing helped Shlick's grandsons track down
Karol's son, who put them in touch with their long-lost
Family torn apart in 1941
Glasberg last saw his sister in 1941 when he was a
teenager in their hometown of Chernowitz,
was when Shlick's older sister Bertha fled with her to
Uzbekistan while the rest of the family hid in a
Glasberg and Shlick's parents, Henia and Benzion, moved
to Canada with their sons, Simon, Karol, Mark and
and Simon fought in Israel's war of independence, then
joined their parents overseas.
knows what happened to one other sister, Pepi, but her
relatives still believe she was killed by the
and her sister later moved to Estonia, and Bertha died
there in 1970. Henia and Benzion died in Montreal in the
1980s, and Eddie died in 2004.
Glasberg, who lives in Ottawa, was too sick to travel
when he learned his sister was alive.
Simon Glasberg took advantage of his opportunity to fly
to Israel and spend the Jewish New Year with his sister
"My poor parents, they always said, 'We wish we would
find all our kids' " Glasberg told Associated Press. "It
is such a tragedy, but now I am so happy."
poor parents, they always said,
'We wish we would find all our kids'
.... It is such a tragedy, but now I am so
Israel, where Shlick immigrated in 1998, brother and
sister caught up on decades of each other's
they visited Yad Vashem, the museum that brought them
his visit to Israel, Glasberg asked Hilda to return to
Canada with him.
years in Israel, Hilda is reluctant to leave her home,
her children and her grandchildren for Canada.
she has promised Simon she will come for a month to visit
relatives such as her brother Mark, and the graves of her
Shaley, director of Yad Vashem, said he hopes the story
of the happy reunion will encourage Jews worldwide to
search the database and submit information about their