- Melpomeni Dina saved a family of seven from the Nazi's during World War 2
- The family has since grown to over 40 members who owe their lives to Dina
- They reunited for the first time since the end of the war in 1945
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Melpomeni Dina risked everything when she decided to help the Mordechai over 75 years ago. She allowed the family to hide in her house in Veria, Greece.
She hid the family of seven until they were forced to flee when the Nazi's learned of their location.
Briefly.co.za learned that after the war ended, the Mordechai family settled in Israel. The two surviving members of the family bought their children and grandchildren with them to meet the woman who saved their lives.
If not for Dina's heroism the 40 family members would not be here today, they owe everything to her according to huffingtonpost.co.uk.
We are now a very large and happy family and it is all thanks to them saving us,” Yanai, now 86, she is the eldest of the children who Dina saved.
Reunions such as these are becoming increasingly rare as the survivors grow older. Jewish Foundation for the Righteous executive vice president Stanlee Stahl has been helping survivors and their rescuers to reunite since 1992.
“To me it is very, very, very special,” she told the AP. “In a way, a door closes, one opens. The door is closing ever so slowly on the reunions.”
Dina was very poor when she and her sisters took the Mordechai family in they shared their meagre food with them in a one-room house on the outskirts of the city of Veria. The family had to go into hiding in 1943 when the Nazi's occupying Greece began searching and arresting jews.
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