Woman who escaped Holocaust reunited with her cousin
Stevie Marks — a woman who spent years fleeing the Nazis — reunited with her cousin after losing touch. It all happened by chance. "I said 15th floor. Well, that's the apartment they suggested for me. They said, 'It's right around the corner from Maybel.' So it was amazing," said Marks.
Stevie Marks told WCPO, "I started my life with Maybel in the United States and will most probably end my life with her."
So, after years apart, the two ended up in the same senior living residence just around the corner from each other. To truly appreciate this happenstance, it's important to know what Marks went through to get to this point.
It all started in 1939 when Marks and her family traveled over 7,000 miles to escape the Nazis. They went from Poland to Brussels to Paris and then Portugal. These travels weren't easy. She and her family were in constant hiding, saw atrocities at the hands of the Nazis and scrounged for food.
In 1941, Marks made her way to her relatives in the U.S., one being her cousin Maybel Cohen. The two lost touch over the years. Marks' story has touched the hearts of many, including ABC, which took a closer look at her "frightening escape."
The Kenwood by Senior Star, the residence Marks and Cohen live in, puts Marks' journey into perspective: "She now has a new story to tell."