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Timeless love between two Jews during the Holocaust

03-05-2012 11:20 BJT

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Ellis Lehman was separated from her fiancé Bernie Spier in the Netherlands during World War II. She lost touch with Bernie and later remarried another man. But on her wedding day she received a love diary from none other than, her first love Bernie.

Ellis Lehman, Holocaust survivor, said, "If these are the last words I write you my Ellis, believe that I have wished to make you my wife. I send you my eternal love and that day I will make you my wife will be my luckiest day, Bernie Spier."

Ellis Lehman was separated from her fiancé Bernie Spier in the Netherlands during World War

That day never arrived for Bernie Spier, but the diary he left behind surfaced his Fiancé’s wedding day.

Ellis Lehman said, "It was the morning of my wedding and I don’t remember anything about that day of my wedding. I went around in shock. It was like a voice out of the grave."

The two met at a gathering in The Hague, in January 1942, both in their teens, it was love at first sight. Six months after they met, war forced them and their families into hiding. But before they separated, they promised each other they would keep a diary, so they could share their memories once they were reunited.

The reunion never came, but the diary did. It came from an unknown sender, and it led Ellis to go to Hague, Amsterdam to find out what happened to her long lost love.

And her fears were confirmed. Of the 140,000 Jews who lived in the Netherlands before the war, more than 100,000 were deported and murdered.

Ellis Lehman said, "The love could not go on because of the war. We were separated and that was very cruel and we were very, very much in love. It was the first love of me and of him; I think life writes stories that are more marvellous than any Hollywood picture can think of."

It’s a story that is immortalized in the pages of the diary that Ellis now keeps as a prized possession.

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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