A group of Naperville students got the surprise of a lifetime last week when two women they reunited earlier this spring showed up at Madison Junior High School.
Edith Westerfeld and Gerda Katz met aboard a ship called the Deutschland more than 73 years ago as they were sent to America by their parents to escape the Nazis.
As young girls traveling alone, they quickly bonded and became best friends during their 10-day ocean voyage. But when they arrived in the U.S. they were separated and never saw each other again — until students from Madison helped reunite them.
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