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'Now I can die quietly': Greek woman who risked her life to save Jewish family from the Nazi

• https://www.dailymail.co, By SOPHIE LAW

A Greek woman who risked her life to hide a Jewish family from the Nazis during the war says she can now 'die quietly' after an emotional reunion with the children they went on to have. 

Melpomeni Dina, 92, wiped away tears as she clutched the hands of the family she saved during World War II in a memorial to Jews at the Hall of Names in Jerusalem on Sunday. 

The emotional encounter was the first time she had been reunited with the Israeli family of the Jewish siblings that she hid, fed and protected during the Holocaust as a teenager more than 75 years ago. 

One by one, the 40 descendants leaned down and hugged Ms Dina to whom they owe their very existence on Sunday, as she sat in her wheelchair and as tears streaked down her wrinkled face. 

'It is a very emotional feeling, I can't describe it,' said  survivor Sarah Yanai, 86, who was the oldest of the five siblings Dina and others sheltered

'We were hidden in her house. She saved all my family. Six persons... you can't imagine how dangerous it was for her, for her family, to keep us all,' she added.


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