“The Man From Vilna” (Abie Rottenberg; Journeys IV) moved people to tears. Many people assumed that it belonged to the genre of stories that Rabbi Berel Wein calls ones “that may not have happened, but should have.”
But the story was true, the one about a little boy who substituted for a Sefer Torah in the shul on a Simchas Torah after the Holocaust. Moreover, the little boy turns out to be Abe Foxman of the ADL, and through the efforts of a researcher, he was reunited with the Soviet soldier who lofted him in the air in the Vilna shul.
Neither had been aware of the other. Yesterday, Foxman met the soldier, a recently retired frum rov in Oak Park