Holocaust survivor Alice (Gerstel) Weit reunited with Simon Gronowski, the brother of her childhood best friend Ita, 76 years after her family escaped Nazi-occupied Belgium in 1941. The pair was honored at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.
Alice and her family hid above the Gronowki’s leather goods store for ten days in October 1941 prior to escaping to Cuba via France and Morocco.
Simon escaped an Auschwitz bound train after it was damaged en route by the Belgian resistance, but his mother and sister perished.
Alice learnt of his survival when a family member’s internet search turned up a memoir Simon published in 2002. This gave Simon a chance to connect with the closest substitute to his lost family.