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Sisters Separated by WWII and Seventy Years, Reunited by Facebook

Facebook giveth and Facebook taketh away. For every story about it doing slightly creepy things or haphazardly enforced content restrictions, there’s a story like this. Tanija Delic and Hedija Talic are 88- and 82-year-old sisters who haven’t seen each other since 1941, when their family was separated while fleeing their home in Bosnia at the outbreak of war. Seventy-two years later, the internet has brought them back together again.

After losing her family, Talic was raised in an orphanage. The girls’ parents died during the war, and a brother emigrated to the United States, and despite her best efforts, Talic couldn’t find any hard information on her family once she was old enough to ask. From

“After the war, people were telling me all kinds of things,” Talic told the daily. “Some were saying that my family was killed, others that they moved to the US. I lost any hope that I would see any of them again.”

It wasn’t until Talic’s son started researching the family tree and found Delic’s daughter on Facebook that they found out the truth. Turns out, the two sisters were both still living in northern Bosnia, only about one hundred miles apart. They plan on trying to find their brother next.

So, the reunion wasn’t so much through Facebook as simply through the internet, but that still makes it pretty cool.

(via The FW.)


  • Lydia Schoch

    What a story! It must have been incredibly difficult for them to grow up without one another. I hope Tanija and Hedija are able to track down their remaining sibling.