Woman spends 71st Valentine's Day with soldier who saved her from Auschwitz

To speak of the Holocaust is to speak of one of the saddest marks of humanity, and that is simply undeniable. Today, however, when other countries celebrate Valentine's Day, which is the equivalent of our Valentine's Day, Metro has released a love story that melts everyone's heart and, oddly enough, has to do with that time. shadow of world history.

When hundreds of thousands of people were killed in concentration camps, Hungarian and Jewish Edith Steiner was 20 years old. Fortunately, she was lucky enough to be among many of the prisoners who managed to flee Auschwitz thanks to the help of a 23-year-old soldier, John Mackay.

Then, in a place where the survivors had a party, Edith had eyes only for John, who was too shy to approach her. The shyness was such that the soldier asked a friend to ask Edith if she would like to dance with him - the lady, in turn, said she would only accept the request if it was made in person and not through third parties.

Happy ending

John, who risked saving prisoners, even dressing in enemy clothing, had to take a deep breath to get close to the girl he wanted to dance with. And fortunately, he had another great act of courage and led Edith into the middle of the room.

The approach of the two ended in a marriage, held on July 17, 1946, and from the wedding came two children, seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. After retirement and a happy life, they went to live in a nursing home in Dundee, Scotland.

Happy and in love, they will be able to celebrate another Valentine's Day next to each other - and make a point of reminding youngsters that it is important to keep the couple romantic throughout the year, not just on February 14th.

According to the co-ordinator of the nursing home where the couple lives, Pamela Shaw, the two treat each other with affectionate nicknames and are always next to each other. “We're having a little party for all our residents on this Valentine's Day, so it's lovely to have such a real example of love with us at home, ” she summed up.