Abeles, Daniel, genealogy, Josephine Daniel Rothsprack, Pitten, Niederösterreich, Austria, Ruth Contreras

A Great Miracle Happened Here

Shalom and Hanukkah Sameach!  Hanukkah 2017 begins this evening.  And because I do identify as Jewish by virtue of my ancestral birthright, we find no problem with fitting it in among our celebrations of the season. Being Jewish has everything to do with my passion for Family History. I grew up knowing that my grandmother… Continue reading A Great Miracle Happened Here

Abeles, Daniel, Franziska Daniel, Josephine Daniel Rothsprack, Rudolf Abeles

Unknown Family Members Identified

We interrupt your regularly scheduled blog post for this important announcement: I am pleased to report that I have made a very special connection to family, friends, and neighbors who were lost in the Holocaust. In the past few days a flurry of emails have gone back and forth between my parents, myself, and a… Continue reading Unknown Family Members Identified

Daniel, Helene Daniel Boe, Josephine Daniel Rothsprack, Rosa Daniel

A Renewed Tribute to Tante Rosa

A couple of months ago I had to delete one of my blog posts: "A Tribute to Tante Rosa."  I had linked the post to the Shoah Foundation at the University of Southern California because I would not have been able to write my tribute without access to their research on the Holocaust.  Unfortunately, the… Continue reading A Renewed Tribute to Tante Rosa

Giselle Daniel, Helene Daniel Boe, Hermine Daniel, Josephine Daniel Rothsprack, Rosa Daniel

Why Grandma Cried

Despite Grandma's pleadings, Tante  Rosa believed that she would be able protect the family's property from the Nazis if she stayed.

Helene Daniel Boe, Josephine Daniel Rothsprack, Wilhelm Heinrich Dietrich Rothsprack

How my Mormon Mom learned she was a Jew

A "hidden child" is a child, often orphaned, whose identity as a Jew was kept a secret as they were sent away to be protected and raised by Christian families, or Christian orphanages,  during the Holocaust.