If your heart’s still beating then this story about twin brothers – George Skrzynecky and Lucian Poznanski – being reunited, after decades apart, will probably leave you teary eyed. I know it did to me.
“I don’t care about winning the lottery I just want to have my brother by my side,” says 69-year-old Lucian in the BBC video featured further below.
Not long after their birth in Germany on June 1, 1946, George and Lucian were separated from their mother, Elizabeth, a Polish catholic.
During World War II, Elizabeth had been sent from Poland to Germany to work in a forced labor camp.
After giving birth, Elizabeth was too ill to care for her babies and according to official documents, the separation was an error which occurred without her consent.
The baby boys were repatriated to Poland where they were adopted out to different families. As they grew-up each of them were unaware they were adopted or that they had a twin brother.
Their mother had tried to find them but she was told that they’d been adopted out and that she couldn’t get them back.
See the moving video below:
George was 17 when he discovered he was not only adopted but that he also had a twin brother. He asked the Red Cross for help to locate his sibling but they found no trace.
Learning about his adoption caused a rift between him and his adoptive family and George ended up moving to the U.S. in the 1960s where he started a new life in California.
“But I never lost hope, I was always thinking, one day… I never knew when this day [was] going to happen, but I was always thinking that one day I am going to find my brother,” George said.
“All my life I wanted to know my family,” he said.
Lucian discovered his adoption when was a young man of military age but it was only until last year that he came across details about his twin in old official documents.
“I didn’t expect this at all, there were times where I thought I was dreaming but deep in my heart I always knew,” he said.
As per the video, the brothers were recently reunited with help from the Red Cross’ Restoring Family Links Program.
Elizabeth – the mother they never knew – died in 1952.