Twin brothers separated at birth have emotional reunion nearly 70 years later

/ Source: TODAY

When seeing each other for the first time in almost 70 years, George Skrzynecky and Lucian Poznanski couldn't stop the tears from flowing.

The twin brothers, who are now both 69 years old, were born in Germany in 1946 after their Polish mother, Elizabeth, was freed from a forced labor camp at the end of World War II, according to the BBC. She was too ill to care for them so they were sent to Poland, where they were adopted separately.

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Poznanski spent his entire life in Poland not knowing that he was even adopted until he was drafted into the army, while Skrzynecky came across paperwork when he was 17 years old that proved he was adopted. He also found out that he had a twin brother, so with the help of the Red Cross, he went searching for his long lost twin, but had no luck. He was so upset with his adopted family for keeping a secret from him all these years that he picked up and moved to California, where he's lived ever since.

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"All my life, I just want to know my family," Skrzynecky said in the video. "For 70 years, I was living without knowing things and was thinking I'm never going to find him."

Last year, Poznanski found out information about his biological mother, who was forbidden from finding out where her children ended up, and got word of his twin brother. He asked the Red Cross Restoring Family Links Program to help him find Skrzynecky, and this time, it was successful.

"I never knew when this day was going to happen — was thinking one day I'll find my brother," Skrzynecky said. "I couldn't wait to hug him and give him a big kiss."

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Both brothers admit to feeling like they were having a heart attack when they found out about each other. Skrzynecky didn't even think his twin was still alive.

The twin brothers reunited at the Warsaw airport in Poland, where Poznanski was waiting with flowers. They then shared a long embrace and gave each other kisses on each cheek, in true European fashion.

"I don't care about winning the lottery," Poznanski said in the video. "I just want to have my brother by my side."