Trying to escape the tragedy of the Holocaust, these two girls struck a friendship and made a pact to help each other.
Edith Westerfield and Gerda Frumkin first met seven decades ago in Nazi Germany. Both young girls were lucky enough to be part of the “One Thousand Children” plan. Westerfield and Frumkin were smuggled onto cruise ships headed towards the United States. Their adoptive American families were anxiously awaiting their arrival.
This is the last time the girls would see each other for over 70 years.
Throughout the years, both Edith and Gerda treasured the memories that bonded them together as little girls. In the coming years, each woman began a search in hopes of finding her long lost friend. Miraculously, the two had recently connected online and wanted to rekindle the friendship from so many years ago.
“I have thought of you often and am so thankful that you found me… can’t wait until we speak,” Frumkin wrote in an email. That day came sooner than expected. The women arranged a plan to meet each other.
Westerfield had flown to meet Frumkin and and had just arrived at the airport. She describes the anticipation of waiting for her friend similar to “finding her parents again.” Frumkin is no less nervous as she tells her daughter of the butterflies in her stomach.
Finally, the women lock eyes with each other.
Over and over Westerfield repeats the phrase, “is that you?”
Fumkin gives a tearful response saying, “Yes, it is me.”
The pair are overcome with emotion. With tears streaming down their faces, the women share a much needed hug. They have found their best friend of 73 years.
Watch their reaction for the first time in the footage below.
Source: Chicago Tribune/OWN