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Jewish Prisoner Marched Towards Execution, Then Allied Soldier Bursts Through Trees To Save Her.

When 23-year-old John Mackay first spotted Edith Steiner at a community social in 1946, he was too shy to ask her to dance. But finally Mackay plucked up the courage… and the rest is history. Today, the adorable couple celebrates their 71st Valentine’s Day together, but their remarkable journey started in the last place you’d expect.

Hungarian born Jew, 20-yr-old Edith Steiner and her mother spent the last six weeks of World War II in Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp. They were the only members of their family not killed in the gas chambers. As the Allies advanced on the Germans, Jewish POW’s were marched farther and farther from the front lines only to be executed by the Third Reich.

But the Allied troops, including Scottish soldier John Mackay and his company of rifleman, advanced to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in the heart of Germany. They charged through the trees to liberate the camp and all those held prisoner.


It was at a community dance celebrating their liberation nearly 71 years ago, that Edith first caught John’s eye. Love blossomed and the duo were married that very year in Mackay’s native Scotland.


The couple put down roots in Mackay’s homeland and had two beautiful children, Sharon and Peter.


The couple are now celebrating their 71st Valentine’s Day together.

So what’s kept their love alive after all of these years? According to these two love birds, it’s simple. Work on being romantic all year round, not just on February 14th.

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Love like this only comes around once in a lifetime. These two have devoted their lives to one another in a way words can’t express. We would all do well to follow their example.

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