“I don’t care if I win the lottery. I just want my brother to be by my side.”
Imagine if there was someone in the world who was your reflection.
Someone who looks like you, but totally weird.
This is how twin brothers George Skrzynici and Lucien Poznanski have lived their entire lives…as strangers.
The twins were of German descent and were born in 1946 after their mother Elizabeth, who is Polish and Catholic, was liberated from a labor camp at the end of World War II, according to the BBC.
She got sick after giving birth and couldn’t care for her, so I had to give her up for adoption. After that, the brothers were sent to Poland and adopted in different homes.
Lucian lived in Poland and only learned of his adoption when he was drafted into the army, which must have been a double blow.
George found his adoption papers when he was 17 when he also learned that he had a twin brother.
George asked the Red Cross to help him find his twin brother in the 1960s, but these efforts were unsuccessful.
“All my life I’ve wanted to meet my family,” George said, according to TODAY. “I’ve lived 70 years without knowing things and thinking I’ll never find him.”
Lucian didn’t find out he had twins until he was in his sixties.
Ironically, Lucien contacted the Red Cross, who were able to locate George.
“I’m not interested in winning the lottery,” Lucien said. “I just want my brother to be by my side.”
George didn’t even think his brother was alive when he learned that not only was he alive, but he wanted to meet him.
The two brothers finally met 68 years after they split up at the airport in Warsaw, Poland, at the age of 69.
“I never knew when that day would come — I thought one day I would find my brother,” George said. “I couldn’t wait to hug him and give him a big kiss.”
Tears welled up in the eyes of the two men as they approached.
George said he hopes this is the start of a very close relationship.
Lucien came with the biggest bunch of flowers he could carry.
The men held each other, cried, kissed each other on the cheeks and rubbed their heads when they met again. Their wives embraced too.
“My heart overflows with joy to welcome you back to the Polish countries,” said Lucian.
The BBC video of her return home has been viewed more than 9 million times.
In addition to searching for each other, the Red Cross also uncovered some information about the twins’ parents.
Her father was an American soldier who returned to the United States before her birth.
Her mother tried to track her down, but couldn’t know where she was.
After meeting the two brothers at the airport, they visited the Warsaw Uprising Museum. The two men want to spend a lot of time together.
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