Polish twins reunited after almost 70 years

2015-08-28 12:01
(Dimitar Dilkoff, AFP)

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Warsaw - Twin brothers who were separated shortly after they were born in Germany in 1946 to a former Polish forced labourer have been reunited, the Polish Red Cross reported on Thursday.

The twins were sent to Poland the year after they were born and placed in a children's home when their mother became seriously ill. Both were adopted, but by different families.

One of the twins, George Skrzynecki, discovered at age 18 through a letter that his birth mother had sought him for years and that he had a brother. He investigated further and discovered that his mother died in 1952, but his search for his twin brother was unsuccessful.

Skrzynecki emigrated to the United States in the '70s, started his own family there and gave up hope of finding his twin.

The two were reunited following recent inquiries by a young woman who turned to the Polish Red Cross for help researching her father's family. That man, Lucjan Poznanski, turned out to be the twin brother that Skrzynecki had sought for years.

The reunion took place at Warsaw airport, the Red Cross said. It was the first time in 68 years that the brothers were together. Since then they have been inseparable.

"I want to know everything about the life of Lucjan and tell him my story," an emotional George Skrzynecki said Thursday on Polish broadcaster TVP Info.

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