January 3, 2014

Holocaust survivor meets her liberator after 68 years

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Joe Barbella, 93, of Union, and Marsha Kreuzman, 90, embrace for awhile after she brought him a Christmas present to his house on Dec. 23, 2013.  Kreuzman survived five concentration camps during WWII. After moving to New Jersey, she started looking for soldiers who liberated Mathausen, the last camp she resided in. In November she located Joe Barbella, 93, who was one of the soldiers in the division that liberated the camp. The two met up later that month. Kreuzman stopped by Barbella's home to give him a Christmas present. Photo by Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger

Joe Barbella, 93, of Union, and Marsha Kreuzman, 90, embrace for awhile after she brought him a Christmas present to his house on Dec. 23, 2013. Kreuzman survived five concentration camps during WWII. After moving to New Jersey, she started looking for soldiers who liberated Mathausen, the last camp she resided in. In November she located Joe Barbella, 93, who was one of the soldiers in the division that liberated the camp. The two met up later that month. Kreuzman stopped by Barbella's home to give him a Christmas present. Photo by Saed Hindash/The Star-Ledger

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(RNS) The 90-year-old Holocaust survivor has been on a decades-long quest to find American soldiers who liberated the Mauthausen concentration camp. She had no success until she met Joe Barbella, two months ago, quite by chance.