WWII vet reunited with man he saved from concentration camp

WWII Vet reunited with man he saved from concentration camp

  • Back in 2014, Sid earned an honorary degree from Regis University.
  • Sid Shafner, 94, was one of the first soldiers to reach the camp in 1945.
  • “I want to see him again in maybe 10 years, 15 years,” said Sid.

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<p>(<a data-cke-saved-href="http://www.wltx.com/news/wwii-vet-reunited-with-man-he-saved-from-concentration-camp/195147416" href="http://www.wltx.com/news/wwii-vet-reunited-with-man-he-saved-from-concentration-camp/195147416">KUSA</a>) — A Denver World War II veteran just returned from a 10-day trip in Europe where he was honored for helping liberate prisoners from the Dachau Concentration Camp in southern Germany.</p><p>Sid Shafner, 94, was one of the first soldiers to reach the camp in 1945. Two teenagers waved down Sid and the other soldiers in his Jeep.</p><p>&ldquo;They were skinny, gaunt,&rdquo; Shafner told 9NEWS before his trip. &ldquo;They could hardly stay up on their feet.&rdquo;</p><p>The Friends of the Israel Defense Forces organized the trip to Europe and invited Sid as a special guest at the official Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony at the former Auschwitz concentration camp.</p><p><iframe height="308" data-src="https://interactive.tegna-media.com/video/embed/embed.html?id=2191960&amp;type=video&amp;title=WATCH%3A%20Veteran%20reunites%20with%20man%20he%20saved%20from%20concentration%20camp&amp;site=101&amp;playerid=6918249996581&amp;dfpid=32805352&amp;dfpposition=Video_prestream_external§ion=home" style="border-width:0" width="550">&lt;p&gt;On an Israeli Military Base, Shafner was reunited with 90-year-old Marcel Levy, one of the teens he saved at Dachau. Levy lives in Israel.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&amp;quot;I&amp;#39;ve been in touch with him all these years,&amp;quot; said Shafner. &amp;quot;Through postcards, greeting cards, and now email on the computer.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;The reunion was filled with tears and happiness as the two old friends embraced.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&amp;quot;You know, everything that I have today is because of you,&amp;quot; Marcel told Sid while holding his hand. &amp;quot;You saved my life. Because you had the patience to speak to me, to take to me.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&amp;quot;Don&amp;#39;t praise me,&amp;quot; said Sid. &amp;quot;If it wasn&amp;#39;t me, it would have been someone else.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Sid also met with many of Marcel&amp;#39;s family members. He now has 11 grandchildren.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&amp;quot;All our life, we heard about, we dreamed about you,&amp;quot; said Marcel&amp;#39;s daughter to Sid. &amp;quot;We know that because of you we have this nice family. And we are very appreciative and we thank you.&amp;quot;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Sid and Marcel have remained life-long friends but had only seen each a handful of times over the years, the last visit was in 1995. Sid hopes the next visit won&amp;#39;t be that far away.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&amp;quot;I want to see him again in maybe 10 years, 15 years,&amp;quot; said Sid.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;During the trip Sid also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.&amp;nbsp; The reunion and meeting were part of the FIDF &amp;quot;From Holocaust to Independence&amp;quot; Delegation to Poland and Israel.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Following the trip, he received a hero&amp;#39;s welcome at Brookdale Mountain View where he lives.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;Back in 2014, Sid earned an honorary degree from Regis University. You can watch that story below.&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;&lt;iframe height=&quot;308&quot; src=&quot;https://interactive.tegna-media.com/video/embed/embed.html?id=2192064&amp;amp;type=video&amp;amp;title=Veteran%20receives%20honorary%20degree%20from%20Regis&amp;amp;site=101&amp;amp;playerid=6918249996581&amp;amp;dfpid=32805352&amp;amp;dfpposition=Video_prestream_external&sect;ion=home&quot; style=&quot;border-width:0&quot; width=&quot;550&quot;&gt;


WWII vet reunited with man he saved from concentration camp

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