This Hanukkah, Michael Hochberg will be lighting the menorah with a Polish Catholic who pretended to be his big sister — and helped ensure his life was not extinguished during the Holocaust.
Hochberg, who is 77 and lives in Israel, will be reunited Wednesday in New York City with Krystyna Jakubowska, who is 86 and still lives in Warsaw.
They saw each other briefly in Poland back in 2006. But this reunion, organized by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, holds special meaning for them both.
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"This year, the reunion takes place just days before the beginning of Hanukkah, a significant coincidence as Hanukkah is the story of survival and miracles," said Stanlee Stahl of JFR.