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Holocaust survivor, former soldier have emotional meeting in Michigan

Doug Harvey, 95, left, and Holocaust survivor Sophie Tajch Klisman, 89, greet each other in Commerce Township, Mich., on Monday, May 13, 2019. During World War II, Harvey was a U.S. Army soldier in the 84th Infantry Division, which helped liberate the Salzwedel concentration camp in Nazi Germany and free its captives, including Klisman.

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By MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Associated Press | Published: May 13, 2019

COMMERCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Holocaust survivor welcomed to her suburban Detroit home a former soldier whose U.S. Army unit liberated the German concentration camp where she was being held.

Sophie Tajch Klisman, 89, on Monday greeted Doug Harvey, 95, with a hug and thanked him for taking part in the 1945 liberation of the Salzwedel camp, telling him, “You gave me my life.”

Harvey said he “can’t take credit for the entire 15,000 guys in” his 84th Infantry Division, to which Klisman replied, “But you were one of them … and I’m very fortunate to meet you.”

The two then went inside Klisman’s house in Commerce Township and chatted with reporters about their experiences during World War II.

Harvey, of nearby Sterling Heights, learned about Klisman, who is from Poland, while reading a recent article about her in a newspaper.

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