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

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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

My mother was born in 1940, one month after Germany began it's attack on Great Britain. A few months later, Pearl Harbor was attacked, and the United States entered the war. By that time, Hitler had been rampaging through Europe for more than four years. Two days after Mom's fifth birthday, Emperor Hirohito agreed to unconditional… Continue reading Why Grandma Cried

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

How my Mormon Mom learned she was a Jew

Mom calls herself a "hidden child." Although she doesn't exactly fit into the hidden child mold, I think I agree with her. 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.… Continue reading How my Mormon Mom learned she was a Jew