Oprah Winfrey says, "This is the single greatest love story, in 22 years of doing this show, we've ever told on the air." And that is what I would like to talk about this month, a beautiful love story, which I do hope will inspire you to learn to love even better and not to take those you love for granted. When he was 12, Herman Rosenblat and his family from Poland were sent to a concentration camp in Nazi Germany. Herman was forced to work shoveling bodies into a crematorium. All the while he did not know if he, too, would soon be killed. One day Herman happened to notice a girl on the other side of the barbed wire fence. He then asked her “Can you give me something to eat?' And she took an apple out of her jacket."
Herman Rosenblat and Roma Radzika on the Oprah Winfrey Show recently
Soon this became a routine and the girl gave Herman an apple every day for seven months. Their fondness for each other also grew. Then one day he told her not to come backhe was being moved to another camp. "A tear came down her eyes," Herman says. "And as I turned around and went back, I started to cry too. I started to cry knowing that I might not see her ever again." Herman was shipped to Czechoslovakia and just two hours before he was scheduled to die in the gas chambers there, Russian troops liberated the camp and Herman was set free.
Fast forward to almost 15 years later, Herman was living and working in New York City. A friend set him up on a blind date with a woman named Roma Radzika. Herman says he was immediately drawn to her. When they began talking about their lives, Roma asked Herman where he was during World War II. “In a concentration camp,'" he said. Surprised, she enquired more and then unbelievingly both of them realized who the other was. "Well, what can I tell you? I proposed right then and there," Herman says. "I said, 'Look, I'll never let you go anymore. … Now that we're free we're going to be together forever.'"
Herman and Roma have now been married for nearly 50 years. He says he's learned a valuable lesson from love. "Every morning when I get up I say, 'I love you. I love you. I love you,'" Herman says. When they appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show recently, Herman decided to honor his wife againthis time by getting down on bended knee. "Sweetheart, it was 64 years ago when I first saw you," he said to Roma. "My mother came to me and said to me, 'I'm sending you an angel.' And a couple of days later you appeared at the other side of the fence in the concentration camp. Then in 1957, 14 years later, I had a blind date, and it was you. Now our 50th anniversary is coming up. With this ring, my dear, I pronounce my love for you forever. And as this ring has got no end, my love for you doesn't have any end."
"You have become the beautiful metaphor for what love can be," Oprah said at the end. Miracles and nice things do happen in this world!
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I do hope this inspiring story will make your day today. Until my next mail, please do take care and do share this with your friends. Have a great month ahead!