Sunday, February 6, 2005

Looking for Holocaust Survivor

Per Esther's request at Outside the Blogway, if anyone out there knows of an Ellen Ackemann, 58-1460 Limberlot, London, Ontario, Canada, or relatives of Franciska Frieda Borchardt (nee Pasmantier) born 1888 in Warsaw, or Helmut Michael Borchardt, born 1923 in Berlin, please take a look a this request from Irene Liron, of Haifa, Israel, a Holocaust survivor, who is looking for a long-lost relative who may be her last surviving relative.


Addendum: Under the heading 'never forget and never give up,' comes this illustrative story and subject lesson:

"RISHON LEZION, Israel · Klara Bleier and Hana Katz thought each other dead, swallowed 61 years ago, like the rest of their family, in the maw of Auschwitz. The sisters were separated in October 1944 in the Budapest ghetto when Hana left one day to find work and food. She never returned.

But both came through the chaos of the end of the war against the Nazis, the death marches and the refugee camps; both came to Israel in 1948 and raised families, 45 miles apart. Both thought they were sole survivors.

In the years since, Bleier's son-in-law became obsessed with the missing family history. Katz's granddaughter did, too. Six years apart, they filed survivor testimonies with Yad Vashem, Israel's center for Holocaust studies and commemoration.

A new computerized archive matched the two testimonies, and on Thursday, a week after heads of state bowed their heads at Auschwitz on the 60th anniversary of its liberation, the two women were restored to each other, astounded, slightly frightened and unrecognizable, at least at first."

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