Re: #JewishGenNews

S&D Hirschhorn <sdh2381@...>
 

 I would like to post the information that my husband Donald Hirschhorn has passed away.  Many JewishGen members may remember him as a long time worker for JewishGen.  He and I did the JewishGen Mall for several years which was a means to provide some income for JewishGen.
 
Thank you,
 
Sandra Hirschhorn
Monroe Township, NJ
Researching: LITWIN,Lodz,Poland;  BRUMER, Bialystok, Poland; KARPAY, Berezino, Minsk Gubernia,
Belarus; RAFALCHIK, Berezino, Belarus
 

Sent: Wednesday, January 29, 2020 3:19 PM
Subject: [Special] [JewishGen.org] #JewishGenNews
 

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