93- and 96-year-old Hanne and Max Liebmann met as teenagers in a Nazi internment camp in France.
"I could circulate because I was playing music in an orchestra, and so I saw her because she would go with my mother in the block where my mother and they lived," Max Liebmann said.
Both were from Germany and were imprisoned because they were Jews.
Despite their terrible situation, they managed to find time to see each other, often while walking to lunch.
"She was just good company. We matched each other," Max Liebmann said. "It was a very unromantic."
A child welfare agency got Hannah out of the camp in 1941, arranging for her to hide in the southern French town of Le Chambon.
Max got out a year later, with the help of the French Boy Scouts, and rejoined her.
"I whistled," Max Liebmann said.
"And I paid no mind," Hanne Liebmann said. "Until one of her girlfriends turned her around."
For four weeks, Max hid with a farmer in Le Chambon, one of thousands of Jews saved by French Quakers there.
"They gave back my belief in humanity," he said.
Max eventually escaped through the Nazi-occupied country to Switzerland, where he kept in touch with Hanne by mail.
"I knew I had a girlfriend," he said.
Hanne joined him in 1943, traveling under false papers. They got married in 1945 and have been together ever since.
"Somebody, asked me the other day, jokes aside, 'How do you do that?' It depends on longevity, number one, and number two, that you don't kill each other along the way," Hanne Liebmann said.
When the war ended, they had a daughter and moved to New York. Max and Hanne have been living here ever since, mostly in Queens. Max worked as an accountant and Hanne worked in medical offices. Both of them were determined never to forget the horrors of the Holocaust.
After retiring, Max spent 25 years as a volunteer with the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors.
Hanne still spends Friday sat the Kupferberg Holocaust Center at Queensborough Community College.
"When you tell the students what we experienced, they learn about that part of history because they need to know. It should not repeat itself," she said.
Hanne and Max, who have a grandson and two great-grandchildren, will celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary on Saturday. They know how fortunate they are to have survived the Holocaust when so many in their families did not. They also know how lucky they are to have survived with each other.
"There is love. There is companionship. There is understanding one another," Hanne Liebmann said.