February we get inundated with stories about couples in love, falling out of love, and finding love. But none have struck me quite as strongly as the story of a Hungarian Jew, her survival at Auschwitz, and the Scottish soldier who helped save her before working up the courage to ask her to dance. In 2017, this incredible couple is spending their 71st Valentine’s Day together, and if that isn’t something worth celebrating.Rescued Her From Auschwitz And Now They’re Celebrating Their 71st Valentine’s Day.
Once they were safely away, a dance was held to celebrate the liberation of the prisoners. That’s where Eci caught the eye of John, though he was too shy to ask her to dance at first.
When he sent a friend to ask in his stead, Eci refused to consider it unless John asked her himself.
Newly in love, John took Eci and her mother back to his home in Scotland, and they married on July 17, 1946.
John Mackay had been a war prisoner himself. He escaped an Italian POW camp with a friend by dressing in Italian uniforms.
John and Eci are now 96 and 92, and they still dote on each other.
Edith Steiner, called Eci by her family, spent six weeks in Auschwitz during the summer of 1944. She was rescued by British commandoes during a prisoner transfer.