A New Jersey woman has pledged to donate $22 million to a zoo in Cologne, Germany, in memory of her late husband, a Jewish man whom she met when he was hiding from Nazis during World War II.
Elizabeth Reichert, 93, was born in Cologne and met her husband, Arnulf, during the war while she was working with the German underground resistance to the Nazi regime, she told ABC News.
The husband and wife were lifelong animal lovers and did not have children. So before he died in 1998, they decided to leave a substantial gift to the city where they had met and which held a special place in their heart.
“It meant a lot to my husband,” Reichert said. “That was his wish — that whatever we have when we pass away should be donated to the zoo of Cologne. Cologne is our hometown.” …