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Old 03-19-2019, 06:20 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I recently discovered some family members murdered in the Holocaust. Even though we are Jewish, I had always thought that our family had escaped the atrocities of the Holocaust, because they came to the US between the 1880s and 1920s.

What I didn't know was that my grandmother had first cousins who never came over. I knew of one of her first cousins, William, who came to the US, and through research over a year ago, I had found two of his siblings who had also come to the US. When communicating with William's daughter, she said that she thought that her dad was one of seven children, but she didn't know who they were. That led me to start searching records in YadVashem.org. There I found that William had two other brothers, who along with their wives and children and William's mother were in the Holocaust. The two brothers were murdered. I do not yet know the fate of the others. I haven't yet had the heart to tell William's daughter.

I also *think* I found my great-great grandfather's siblings on JRI-Poland. I cannot confirm it yet, but I am hoping to do so soon.
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Gotta love it when people "drop" old family photos on you that you hadn't seen before.
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Going back generations I found jewish on both sides. I do not know how this adds up. But I do and cook certain things at things that coincide with jewish holidays jewish customs. And no it is not anything family did when I was at home growing up.Nothing I picked up in childhood or from family. My overseas friend is jewish and he remarked on it, as he noticed several things I mention as years went along.
Another odd thing is sometimes when I was abroad during my travels other tourists come up real close to me, look at me and then say, but you are not jewish. Getting curious I google pictures jewish women and yes there is a bit of looks a bit like....
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