Holocaust survivors spend lives searching for sibling

For 70 years, Rachel Nurman of Tampa has peered into the blue eyes of strangers. 
Always looking for a glimmer of familiarity. Always nursing a secret sense of hope. 
Brutalized during her teenage years in the Warsaw Ghetto, Majdanek, Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen, Nurman never stopped searching for her four brothers. Her parents — she accepted they were gone, killed in the Nazi death camps. But her three older brothers were strong.

Always, the wrenching guilt weighed upon her. Her blond, curly-haired little bubba, more like a son to her than a brother, had vanished one terrible day as women and children were loaded onto trucks bound for the Polish ghetto. She had been holding his tiny hand before he became lost in the chaos of barking dogs and screaming women.

If only she had kept hold of his hand.

In December, the 85-year-old woman spotted an old photograph of a little boy in a Holocaust survivor newsletter. Once blond, an aging Janusz Suralinski was searching for the family he lost as a little boy, as dogs barked and women were loaded onto trucks.

Could his be the blue eyes she had sought all these years? (TBO)

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