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Posted: Friday, April 13, 2012 12:00 am

A recent memoir by a Holocaust survivor made international headlines after its author was reunited with his first cousin, whom he last saw in 1944 when they were prisoners in Auschwitz.

A copy of "The Horse Adjutant: A Boys' Life in the Holocaust," a biography of survivor Leon Schagrin - a second cousin of Lana Shagrin Oyer, Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation's choir director - was given to Leo Adler, who for nearly seven decades had been seeking information about his cousin - whose last name he couldn't remember. While reading the memoir, Adler recognized family names and contacted Schagrin. According to news reports, they reunited last month at a Holocaust Survivors Purim Party in Tamarac, Fla. Both men are longtime volunteer Holocaust educators in South Florida.

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