In an emotional reunion late last year, the BBC brought together Avey and Lobet's sister, Susanne Timms. Wiping away tears, the two sat on Avey's sofa, their hands clasped, as they watched Lobet's video.
In it, he describes how the British POW he knew only as "Ginger" gave him 10 packs of cigarettes. ("It's like being given Rockefeller Center.") He traded some of the precious hoard for favors, including one that ultimately enabled him to make it through the death marches.
"The soles of my shoes had started to wear very thin, and of course there are also shoemakers in the camp," Lobet recalled. "I had new heavy soles put on my boots for two packs of English Player's cigarettes. And that later on came . . . to save my life on the death marches."
Timms, 87, never expected to meet the man who saved her brother.
"He's a wonderful man. He's got a very strong personality," Timms said in a telephone interview. "I only wish my brother knew before he died."