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Who Am I – What Is My Name – Part X – Gertrude’s Marriage and Divorce


By now, everyone who reads this should know Gertrude Priess-Spiro, the woman who arranged to have Pnina Gutman smuggled from the Warsaw Ghetto in August or September 1942.  New information about her has recently been discovered that provides details about her … Continue reading

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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 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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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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