Twins separated for almost 70 years have an emotional reunion (WATCH)

Sep 15, 2015 at 12:15 p.m. ET
Image: BBC News

Twin brothers George Skrzynecky and Lucian Poznanski, 69, were born in Germany at the end of World War II after their Polish mother Elizabeth was sent to a forced labour camp.

When Elizabeth fell ill and was unable to care for them the baby boys were taken to Poland and adopted — but not together. For a long time they didn’t even know the other existed.

Last year, after almost 70 years apart, they finally met in Poland, following a search through the Red Cross Restoring Family Links Programme, reported the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme.

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Lucian, who has spent his whole life in Poland, didn’t know he was adopted until he was drafted into the army. When George was 17 he discovered paperwork proving he was adopted, which also revealed that he had a twin brother. In the 1960s George approached the Red Cross for help in tracking down his twin but their enquiries came to a dead end. At this point, with a rift developing in his adoptive family due to his discovery of the secret, George relocated to California.

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It wasn’t until last year that Lucian received information about Elizabeth, his biological mother, and learned that he had a twin. With the help of the Red Cross Restoring Family Links Program he was able to track George down.

Now that the brothers have met at last they intend to spend lots of time together. They certainly have a lot of history to catch up on. Watch George and Lucien's emotional reunion below — you'll need a tissue.

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