After spending 71 years together, Edith Steiner and John Mackay will be spending their 71st Valentine’s Day together. And their love story is DEFINITELY one to remember.

Edith was a Hungarian Jew during the Holocaust, and was one of the few survivors of Auschwitz, during the time when Josef Mengele, was conducting his evil experiments, and lived, due to one person. A man named John Mackay.

Mackay was in the ranks of a commando team that freed a number of prisoners from their guards in Poland. The prisoners were being marched to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany to face summary execution in the death roes of the Third Reich.

Among the prisoners was Edith Steiner and her mother, the only two family members left who had not been sent to the gas chambers. But it wasn’t until later that Edith caught Mackay’s eye.

After they had been rescued by the team, there was a celebration at the village hall, and that’s where Mackay’s attention was drawn to Edith. Mackay, who had been an Italian prisoner of war, but had escaped by dressing as an enemy soldier, saw Edith but was too shy to confront her.

Mackay had a friend go over for him and ask her if she would dance with him, but Miss Steiner was not impressed, and told him that she would only dance with him if he asked her to dance himself. And he did.

He brought her and her mother back to his native land, Scotland. Then, in July of 1946, the two were married and have been dedicated to one another ever since. They had two children, who have given them 7 grandchildren, and then 5 great-grandchildren. They had run a hotel for years, and had retired and moved to Dundee.

And now, the couple, now 96 and 92, will mark their 71st Valentine’s Day together. And their secret? Loving each other unconditionally all year round, not just February 14th.

“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. Their devotion to one another is clear to anyone who spends even a short time in their company,” said activity coordinator at pupa Balcarres Care Home, Pamela Shaw.

The couple’s love for each other is so inspiring and adorable, and we are so happy that they have gotten to spend 71 years together. That is truly special. Did this story warm your heart? Then SHARE this post!


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