Category Archives: Finding Birth Parents

Who Am I, What is My Name? Part III – Gertrude and Sonia Spyra


A mystery within the mystery of Pnina’s identity is the fate of Gertrude Spyra and her daughter Sonia. As the parties responsible for smuggling Pnina from the Warsaw Ghetto, Gertrude and Sonia may have left behind clues about Pnina’s parents. … Continue reading

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Who Am I? What is My Name? Part II – Pnina, Wolfgang, and the Warsaw Ghetto


Convinced that my surname was Rebhun, I contacted Rebhuns around the world. Though the BBC, CNN, and the international press featured my quest, I initially received no responses. Finally in March 1997, the Munich Red Cross relayed a reply from … Continue reading

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Who Am I, What Is My Name? Part I – Pnina, Otwoc, and the Kazcmareks


My name is Pnina Gutman. I am 70 years old. I began the search for my biological identity in April 1996. I called this project “Who am I what’s my name?” I came to Israel from Poland at the age … Continue reading

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Identifinders International Announces DNA Study for Child Survivors of the Holocaust


Identifinders International, in collaboration with 23andMe and Missing-Identity.net, announces a pilot study to help child survivors of the Holocaust to recover their birth identities.  It is hoped that autosomal DNA testing will allow these survivors to discover family connections that would otherwise be … Continue reading

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Bonnie’s New Family


Finding Bonnie’s birth father was one of our most difficult birth parent searches.  Bonnie and her brother Michael knew they were born in Germany in the 1950s, but they did not know they were adopted until 2002.  Although Bonnie had a copy of her birth … Continue reading

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Jeni’s Family Reunion


Jeni Reed was raised by her maternal grandmother and knew almost nothing about her dad Thomas McKay.  Yet we were able to find him!  I surprised Jeni with the news on June 16.  To add to the excitement, we discovered that … Continue reading

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Happy Reunion


Identifiers is happy to have reunited Bonnie Dodson and her dad in July 2010 after 55 years.  Bonnie is looking forward to meeting the rest of her new family.  We are just thrilled to have been an important part of bringing about such … Continue reading

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