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Rocket Scientist turned world class Forensic Genealogist.

Who Am I? What is My Name? Part VI – Our Search for Gertrude Spiro


Gertrude Spiro must have been well-connected.  She was the proprietor of a liquor and cigarette shop at 2 Nowiniarksa St. in Warsaw in 1941-1942. The shop undoubtedly generated a lot of income for whoever owned it; liquor and cigarettes are two of the most … Continue reading

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DNA Pilot Study on Missing Identity Holocaust Children – 2013 IAJGS Conference


In August 2012, I was invited to give a lecture at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies in Boston, MA, on our pilot project to identify two missing-identity child survivors of the Holocaust.  Please enjoy the video of my talk that … Continue reading

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Who Am I? What is My Name? Part V – Gertrude and Sonia’s Escape


Gertrude and Sonia Preiss-Spiro’s names are listed on the transport to Auschwitz of 141 women from Pawiak prison in Warsaw on 24 August 1943.  Pawiak prison was originally used by the Polish judicial to incarcerate criminals, but after the Nazi … Continue reading

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Los Angeles Times Article “DNA Sequencer could give doctors wealth of genetic information”.


An article appeared in the Los Angeles Times last Saturday January 4, 2014 that is of interest to the genetic genealogy community: DNA Sequencer could give doctors wealth of genetic information. http://www.pressdisplay.com/pressdisplay/viewer.aspx The article was prompted by the recent FDA … Continue reading

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Who Am I? What is My Name? Part IV – Wolfgang and Adele’s Eyewitness Account


Charlotte Schössow Rebhun was the oldest of four children of Emil and Margarete Schössow from Berlin.  Charlotte, like her friend Gertrude Spiro, was a Christian woman who had married a Jew.  Charlotte’s husband Max Rebhun had moved from Poland to Germany and settled in Berlin, … Continue reading

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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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