71st Valentine’s Day for Auschwitz survivor, her soldier love
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71st Valentine’s Day for Auschwitz survivor, her soldier love

John Mackay and Edith Steiner met in '46 after she was freed from the Nazi death camp, and their flame is still burning bright

Illustrative photo of Auschwitz's barbed wire fences (Isaac Harari/Flash90)
Illustrative photo of Auschwitz's barbed wire fences (Isaac Harari/Flash90)

LONDON — She is a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp. He is a former Scottish commando who was on the scene when the Nazis fell.

They met at a dance shortly after surviving prisoners were freed from the horrific Nazi death camp and have been celebrating Valentine’s Day together since 1946.

So John Mackay and his wife Edith Steiner weren’t going to let living in a nursing home keep them from marking the romantic occasion. They had a bit of party Tuesday at the Balcarres Care Home in Scotland.

Activity director Pamela Shaw said Mackay, 96, has suffered a stroke but is recovering, and 92-year-old Edith is still going strong.

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She says “they’re doing really well … their romance is absolutely beautiful. They’re just amazing people.”

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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