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Holocaust Survivor Skydives With Grandson for Birthday

“If I’m still around two years from now, maybe I’ll do it again for my older grandson”

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    Holocaust Survivor Jumps From Planes With Grandchildren

    A woman who survived the holocaust jumped out of a plane to fulfill the skydiving birthday wish of her 18-year-old grandson. NBC 6's Amanda Plasencia reports.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 15, 2017)

    Henriette Siebenberg, an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor, is a thrill-seeking grandmother who proves that age is just a number and fear –even of heights– is an illusion.

    To celebrate her grandson Schmuel Eisenmann's 18th birthday, Siebenberg joined him for a daring jump out of an airplane.

    "I turned to my grandma and said, 'Can you come with me,' and she said, 'Why not?'" Eisenmann said. "Going with my grandma – it meant so much to me because she’s one of the most positive people I’ve ever met in my life. A lot of that has to do with the fact that she was in the Holocaust.”

    Siebenberg's father was killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp. She was raised by a Catholic family in France.

    The primary focus of Siebenberg's life is her family. She hopes to take the sky-diving plunge with her other grandchildren.

    “When the parachute opens, it was nice to see the countryside. It was beautiful. I think everyone should jump,” she said. “If I’m still around two years from now, maybe I’ll do it again for my older grandson.”

    The thrill-seeking grandmother shared her secret to staying forever young.

    “Try to enjoy life, because you never know if you wake up tomorrow. You never know. Every day is another day," she said.