LI Holocaust survivor gets chance to thank a liberator

More than six decades after he was liberated from a German concentration camp, a Long Beach man got the opportunity to thank one of the

LONG BEACH - More than six decades after he was liberated from a German concentration camp, a Long Beach man got the opportunity to thank one of the people who helped save his life. Maurice Vegh was 13 years old when he and his family were carted off by the Nazis to Auschwitz. His father was executed, and his mother and sister died in a gas chamber. Vegh survived Auschwitz and a 400-mile march to the Buchenwald concentration camp, where thousands of people were murdered at the hands of the Nazis. On April 15, 1945, the U.S. Army arrived to liberate Buchenwald. Veteran Hank Rosen, of Woodmere, was a machine gunner with the 87th Infantry Division, the very unit that liberated the camp where Vegh was sure he was destined to die. After so many years, the two men who had never met sat across from each other and shared a meal at a recent veterans event in Long Beach."This is the first time I met a liberator sitting opposite me, breaking bread with me," Vegh says, "and it was the biggest thrill of my life."

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