FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — It was 65 years ago when two teenage neighbors from the Polish town of Nowy Sacz parted ways to embark on their separate, lurching odysseys through the Holocaust.
Recently, Meyer Spiro and Moses Katz found each other again.
Both men are now Delray Beach, Fla., residents. They don’t know how they made it through the Nazi killing machine alive.
“I was young, I was strong, I was witty,” said 79-year-old Katz. “But I was most of all lucky. What more can I say? There were people who were far better educated. I had a brother who was smarter, more cultured than me. He died.”
Eighty-two-year-old Spiro recalled his father’s words to him when the Germans overran Nowy Sacz in 1939: “Go children. Save yourselves.”
The men met by accident at the first meeting of Cafe Europa, a program for Holocaust survivors sponsored by the Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service of South Palm Beach County, Fla.
After a long embrace, the two locked arms and sat at a table as the streets and blocks of their Polish boyhoods seemed to roll out before them.
“I’d heard he was alive,” Katz said of Spiro. “But it was impossible to find him.”
TAL ABBADY, SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL