Auschwitz Survivor Edith Steiner Celebrates Her 71st Valentine's Day With John Mackay, The Soldier Who Rescued Her

"Their devotion to one another is clear."

We hear about lots of romantic stories on Valentine's Day, but Edith "Eci" Steiner and John Mackay's might be one of the most heartfelt.

During World War II, 20-year-old Steiner, a Hungarian Jew, was at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany. She had lost all of her family but her mother when she was rescued from the Auschwitz camp and Poland was liberated.

Mackay was a 23-year-old Scottish soldier who helped rescue the group of Jewish prisoners from the camp. When the village was celebrating being liberated, Mackay asked Steiner to dance, and that was the beginning of their enduring love story.


In 1946, the two were married. During the course of their relationship, they have had two kids and they now have seven grandchildren and five great-grand-children. 

Today also marks the 71st Valentine's Day that they are spending together.

At 92 and 96, the couple now live in the Bupa Balcarres Care Home in Dundee, Scotland. The home's activity director, Pamela Shaw, told the Telegraph how evident their love is for each other. "John is a true gentleman," she said, "He is always checking in to make sure Eci is happy and the pair still refer to each other as 'sweetheart' on a daily basis."

She adds, "Their devotion to one another is clear to anyone who spends even a short time in their company."

(H/T: Refinery29)


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