Holocaust survivor Dr. Leon Gersten, of Cedarhurst, reunited with rescuer Czeslaw Polziec

A Holocaust survivor from Long Island was reunited with the man who rescued him and his family 69 years ago during the Nazi occupation of Poland. Dr. Leon Gersten, of Cedarhurst, was 8 years old when

News 12 Staff

Nov 28, 2013, 4:58 AM

Updated 3,852 days ago

Share:


A Holocaust survivor from Long Island was reunited with the man who rescued him and his family 69 years ago during the Nazi occupation of Poland.

Dr. Leon Gersten, of Cedarhurst, was 8 years old when his family fled the Germans and hid in the Polziec family's attic.

Gersten says the family had a close call when the Nazis raided the home. They avoided being discovered by hiding in a hole underneath the floor.

Czeslaw Polziec and Gersten reunited at John F. Kennedy International Airport Wednesday afternoon, a day before the beginning of Hanukkah.

"Goodness won when evil seemed to be the dominant force," said Gersten.

The reunion was arranged by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous.


More from News 12
0:59
Early voting begins on Long Island for Democratic primary elections

Early voting begins on Long Island for Democratic primary elections

1:45
Mostly sunny weekend weather and low humidity on Long Island

Mostly sunny weekend weather and low humidity on Long Island

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

All lanes clear on Southern State parkway following overturned vehicle crash

0:27
Police: Owner of Huntington restaurant, 2 security guards arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check

Police: Owner of Huntington restaurant, 2 security guards arrested during State Liquor Authority compliance check

2:07
New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

New beach rules limiting access take effect after shooting in Long Beach

2:04
Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

Kevin Jonas undergoes surgery to remove common skin cancer; urges fans to get checked

Is your dad awesome? Long Island tell us why your dad rocks!

Is your dad awesome? Long Island tell us why your dad rocks!

2:15
Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

Police: Woman arrested for motorcyclist hit-and-run in Patchogue

2:15
Oakdale residents call for Islip officials to hold owners of former Dowling College more accountable

Oakdale residents call for Islip officials to hold owners of former Dowling College more accountable

2:07
Study: Food insecurity becomes growing problem for Long Islanders

Study: Food insecurity becomes growing problem for Long Islanders

0:41
Mastic Beach street renamed for teen who was killed 3 years ago

Mastic Beach street renamed for teen who was killed 3 years ago

1:49
Baldwin residents & businesses call on Liberty to reimburse them after water main break

Baldwin residents & businesses call on Liberty to reimburse them after water main break

0:27
Police: Man accused of exposing himself outside Westbury church

Police: Man accused of exposing himself outside Westbury church

2:37
Police: 16-year-old shot in Long Beach following chaotic night with massive crowds

Police: 16-year-old shot in Long Beach following chaotic night with massive crowds

2:08
69th annual Strawberry Festival in Mattituck underway

69th annual Strawberry Festival in Mattituck underway

1:59
Food Truck Friday: No Good Burger

Food Truck Friday: No Good Burger

0:50
'I'm just so thankful': American Heart Association honors 13-year-old survivor from Franklin Square

'I'm just so thankful': American Heart Association honors 13-year-old survivor from Franklin Square

1:34
Find out the best dining trends and dining deals in New York

Find out the best dining trends and dining deals in New York

2:32
Northport-based Arcy Drive band joins News 12 in studio

Northport-based Arcy Drive band joins News 12 in studio

1:46
Woman warns public about Facebook scam involving fake Taylor Swift tickets

Woman warns public about Facebook scam involving fake Taylor Swift tickets