Israel reunites old friends

ByJOSHUA SHUMAN
February 20, 2014 15:31

The night before 15-year-old Polyachok made aliya, he and Gendelman promised that they would serve as best men at each other’s weddings. Gendelman fully expected to never see his friend again.

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Polyachok served as Gendelman’s best man.. (photo credit:Courtesy)

Back in the mid-80s, it wasn’t easy being Jewish in Kharkov, Ukraine. Vladimir Gendelman remembers that his grandfather bought blackmarket matza to celebrate Passover.

His best friend, Sergey Polyachok, was practically a brother to Gendelman and the two spent their free time together, both participated in a local archeological group.

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