Tag Archives: Identifinders

Extreme Genealogy – Arrival in Berlin and First Visit to the Berlin Bundesarchiv


Flight to Berlin and Arrival Thursday, August 11, 2016 My trip from Los Angeles to Berlin went smoothly with a layover in Keflavik Interntional Airport.  It is the cleanest airport in the world. It felt more like an igloo than an … Continue reading

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Who Am I? What is My Name? – Part IX – Gertrude’s Sisters!


Since 2012 we have been trying to discover the birth identity of Pnina Gutman, who as an infant was smuggled from the Warsaw Ghetto with the assistance of a woman named Gertrud Spiro.  We realized from the beginning that our best chance at solving the mystery was to find … Continue reading

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Who Am I? What is My Name? – Part VIII – Gertrud and Leo’s Trial


Das Bundesarchiv Trial Records According to Widerstand in Berlin gegen das NS-Regime 1933 bis 1945 (Resistance in Berlin against the Nazi Regime 1933-1945), Leo and Gertrud Spiro were put on trial in Berlin in 1938.  Trying to locate their court records, I contacted the … Continue reading

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Who Was Joseph Smith – Close Calls and Possible Candidates


We have just a few scraps of information to go on in searching for Joseph Smith’s original identity, many of which are questionable. But we have to make the most of what we have, since that’s all we have. Joseph always said his … Continue reading

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Who Was Joseph Smith?


The early life of Joseph Eugene Smith is a complete mystery.  Joseph’s son Morton and Morton’s daughter Karen have researched Joseph for over 20 years, yet they still don’t know who he was.  Hopefully by reading his story, someone may come forward with … Continue reading

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Who Am I? What is My Name? – Part VII – Gertrude’s Other Children?


Last week we received surprising new information about a woman who may be Gertrude Priess-Spiro. Continue reading

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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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