96-year-old John Mackay was in the ranks of a commando team that liberated a number of Jewish prisoners from the infamous Nazi concentration camp in Poland and, amongst those freed, was then-20-year-old Edith Steiner.
Along with the other prisoners, Edith and her mother were being marched to the Bergen-Belsen concentration in camp in Germany after 6 weeks in Auschwitz, and were facing execution. The rest of Edith’s family had already been killed in gas chambers.
The prisoners were freed by John and his fellow soldiers and, at a village dance to celebrate their liberation, Edith caught John’s eye.
He sent a friend to ask Edith to dance, but she insisted John come over and ask her himself. He plucked up the courage to approach her, and they danced the night away.
What followed was a whirlwind romance that saw Edith and her mother whisked back to John’s native Scotland