Holocaust Survivor Salutes WWII Liberator 70 Years Later

Jan 24, 2015

World War II veteran Daniel Gillespie holds on to his walker as he returns a salute to a man he hadn't seen in 70 years.

Reuniting in Huntington Beach California, Joshua Kaufman saluted the veteran in tribute to saving is life during the Holocaust.

Kaufman was being held at a Nazi death camp with no certainty of what was to become of his life. Fortunately, American soldiers found the death camp and seized it. Among those brave men was Daniel Gillespie. Daniel was the first person to greet Kaufman and others as they hid in a bathroom.


Joshua Kaufman [Images courtesy of] The History Channel Germany

With eminent gratitude, Kaufman kisses the hand of the man that freed him from his morbid reality. His first words to his real life hero were "I love you so much. I have wanted to do this for 70 years. I came out of hell into the light. For that, and to him, I am eternally grateful.” 

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Kaufman continued to recount his traumatic experiences in the concentration camp.

He described how much easier it would've been to die rather than continue to deal with the torture and suffering.


Joshua Kaufman [Images courtesy of] The History Channel Germany

Nevertheless, his will to live likely pushed him through until the day his life changed forever.

Credit: The Chive

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