85 YEAR OLD HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR THANKS ONE OF THE AMERICAN SOLDIERS WHO SAVED HER

May 14, 2019

By Jane Brown

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It was quite a heartwarming reunion.

A Holocaust survivor welcomed a U.S. Army veteran to her suburban Detroit home Monday, and thanked him for taking part in the 1945 liberation of the German concentration camp where she was being held.

Doug Harvey, 95, and holocaust survivor Sophie Tajch Klisman, 89, right, greet each other in Commerce Township, Mich., Monday, May 13, 2019. Harvey, was a US Army soldier in the 84th Infantry Division, which helped liberate the Salzwedel concentration camp in Nazi Germany and free its captives including Klisman. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Sophie Klisman greeted Doug Harvey with a hug and thanked the 95-year-old for taking part in the liberation of the Salzwedel camp.

Harvey downplayed his involvement and told 85-year-old Klisman he was just one of thousands of soldiers who liberated the camp.

“I can’t take credit for the entire 15,000 guys in my division,” Harvey told Klisman, who said to him, “But you were one of the men who is still alive and I’m very fortunate to meet you and to thank you.”

In addition to Salzwedel, Klisman and her sister Felicia survived the Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps.

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