Matt and Anneliese Yosafat met and were married in the U.S. after the war, bonding over their experiences during WWII. Anneliese (Leopold) was born on February 14,1937. After being notified of deportation on September 18, 1942, her family went into hiding. After moving to various places they fled to Bludenz, Austria and began passing themselves off as Christians, hiding in plain sight.
Matt was born on August 8,1936 in Katerini, Greece. After the Nazis occupied Greece the family went into hiding after hearing the Jews were going to be deported. The family hid in various places including a cave and a tobacco shelter.