(Germany) Israeli Genealogist Helps Find Family of Holocaust Victim Karolina Cohn After Silver Pendant Found In Sobibor Death Camp #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Last year archeologists found a silver pendant engraved with the name
Karolina Cohn, her birth date July 3, 1929 and birthplace at the former
death camp known as Sobibor ( see:

It also had the words "Mazel tov" and stars of David. She was 14 at the time
of her death. The Stolpersteine were placed at the entrance of the Frankfurt

After reports of the discovery of the pendant, an Israeli amateur
genealogist began searching about her life and built a family tree based on
documents and photographs of her life, finding about dozens of people
related to her in Britain, Germany, Israel, the U.S. Italy and Japan. The
Jewish Claims Conference invited about 30 of the relatives for the
Stolpersteine ceremony and a reunion. These relatives had never known about
Karolina or her family before the pendant was found and the genealogist was
able to contact them

Nazi deportation lists helped the genealogists identify Karolina as the
owner of the pendant. According to Yad Vashem, she was banished from
Frankfurt to Minsk, Belarus on November 11, 1941. Nothing is known about her
after then, including whether she was murdered in Minsk and someone else
took the pendant who was sent to the death camp or Karolina was banished
to Sobibor in September 1943 when the Minsk ghetto was liquidated. The
pendant was found in the ruins of a hut where the women's hair was shaved
before being led to the gas chambers.

To read more about this and see photographs see: http://tinyurl.com/yap5n7an

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Thank you to Randy Herschaft, Associated Press for sharing this story.

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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