After 80 years of being in a Nazi slave labor camp together, Belmont Village Senior Living Westwood resident Dr. George Berci, 101, second from right, was reunited for the first time with his friend Frank Shatz, 96, second from left, on May 18 at Belmont Village Senior Living Westwood, where Berci is a resident.
The two Holocaust survivors first met as children when they were in the same Nazi slave labor camp and escaped during Allied bombing campaigns. Shatz and Berci served in the anti-Nazi resistance and, later, the anti-communist resistance. Both rose to prominence in the U.S. Berci was a Los Angeles surgeon at Cedars-Sinai, and Shatz was an author and journalist who still writes a weekly column for the Virginia Gazette.
Sponsored by the American Jewish Congress, the two friends had a warm and emotional reunion, exchanging stories and catching up on each other’s lives over the past 80 years.