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Holocaust survivor, liberator meet for first time

By NINA SCHUTZMAN / Poughkeepsie Journal

WAPPINGERS FALLS (AP) -- Moshe Avital, a Holocaust survivor, and Barry Lewis, an Army veteran, have plenty of fallen friends to honor on Memorial Day.
Between them, they've seen thousands of people die, both soldiers and civilians.
But this year, the men can think of something besides painful memories of war. The 84-year-old Avital and 90-year-old Lewis met face-to-face for the first time this week in the auditorium at Wappingers Junior High School.
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the two men felt "blessed" and were thrilled to meet.

AP-WF-05-25-13 1614GMT