Sid Shafner, 94, is back in the U.S. after a stirring eight-day trip to Israel and Poland last week. He was honored at a Holocaust remembrance ceremony for his hand, as a young troop, in helping to liberate some 30,000 prisoners from the Dachau Concentration Camp in southern Germany in 1945.
One of those prisoners was 19-year-old Marcel Levy, now 90.
"Sid tells the story that his convoy was stopped by a Jew named Marcel," Peter Weintraub, president of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, who sponsored the trip, told ABC News. "Marcel tells him in Yiddish that 'You have to leave your route and divert to help us,' which he did."