Holocaust survivors celebrate 70th wedding anniversary
A couple that met at a Nazi slave-labor camp during World War II just celebrated 70 years of marriage.
Sigi and Hanka Siegreich met on New Years Eve, 1944 in the Czestochowa camp in Poland. Thankfully, it was 18 days before the camp was liberated and they were set free.
While they were undergoing incredible hardship, the then-teenagers could not help but notice each other.
"When I saw her, the whole world was turning around me. I saw a pair of beautiful eyes and I heard bells ringing," Sigi told ABC in Australia.
Sigi approached Hanka and talked to her. Before they left to go to their respective barracks, he kissed her on the cheek.
"I remember the first kiss," Hanka said.
Sigi's job at the camp was to make bullets for the Nazi Army, and he sabotaged them by making them too small. When the Gestapo found out, he went in hiding; only Hanka knew where he was.
Hanka risked her life by visiting Sigi to give him bread rations and blankets at night. One day, she came to him with tears in her eyes to tell them that they were liberated.
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The next day, Sigi and Hanka married. Their first daughter was born the following year.
The couple moved to Australia in 1971. On their 50th anniversary, they celebrated with a real wedding -- one they did not have the day after they were freed.
"We've achieved a lot ... We've got so many grandchildren and great grandchildren," Sigi said.
The couple, now 91 and 93, are still very much in love. According to Sigi, "She charmed me. That was that, the rest was history."