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After 65 years, playmates chat

By Xu Chi (Shanghai Daily)

08:48, November 30, 2011

Zhou Huizhen chats with her childhood playmate Vera Sasson yesterday for the first time in 65 years.

Zhou Huizhen, 70, leaned toward a laptop screen to see the smiling face of her childhood playmate, Vera Sasson, now a 73-year-old Jewish American, yesterday morning and greeted her for the first time in 65 years.

"Nonghao (hello) Sister Vera, it's been such a long time," Zhou said in Shanghai dialect which she taught Sasson to speak when they were kids.

"It is, my little sister, but I promise we won't wait another 60 years before we meet again," said Sasson from Florida, in the United States.

It's a dream come true for both women after they saw and heard each other 65 years after they parted. Sasson promised Zhou that she would return to Shanghai soon to meet the family face to face.

For the past few decades, Sasson has been looking for Mr Chu, her "Shanghai Uncle," as she called him, and his relatives to show her gratitude for the help they gave to her family after they came to Shanghai as refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe.

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