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Ruth Kornbluth
 

Was there ever an organization that helped survivors establish contacts with American relatives after the war by publishing ads in newspapers across the USA? And, if so, would any of those records be available for research?
Thanking you in advance…
Ruth Fenichel Kornbluth


Susan&David
 

The answer is Yes.  "Seeking Kin" or similarly named ads were placed in Jewish newspapers by social service organizations including the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, the Union of Russian Jews, the National Council of Jewish Women and others.
They appear in the Jewish Advocate, Boston newspaper from 1916 to 1991.  Members of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Greater Boston have indexed 5,000 of these ads and they are searchable on Jewishgen's USA Database.  

https://www.jewishgen.org/databases/USA/BostonSeekingKin.htm

David Rosen
Boston, MA


On 6/8/2020 3:53 PM, Ruth Kornbluth wrote:
Was there ever an organization that helped survivors establish contacts with American relatives after the war by publishing ads in newspapers across the USA? And, if so, would any of those records be available for research?
Thanking you in advance…
Ruth Fenichel Kornbluth


Kenneth Ryesky
 

If I recall correctly, the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia similarly carried such "seeking relatives" advertisements.

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Ken Ryesky,  Petach Tikva, Israel     kenneth.ryesky@...


MARC M COHEN
 

The New York Times carried these kinds of personal ads up through the 1960s or 1970s.  Sometimes they appeared at the bottom of the front page of the first section, in very small font.

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Marc M. Cohen, Los Gatos, California, USA

BARAK/CANTORCZY: Khotin, Bessarabia; Strorozhinets, Bukovina, Ukraine
CHOMITZ/HAMETZ: Ionina (Janina), Greece; Ignatovka, Ukraine; Kiev Gubernia, Ukraine
COHEN: Dinovitsi (Dunayevtsy) Ukraine; Roman/Tirgu Frumos, Romania
KORNITZKY: Kiev Gubernia, Stepnitz/Stepantsy, Ukraine
RÎBNER: Storozhinetz, Costesti (Costyntsi), Drachinets, Cabesti, Bukovina, Ukraine
ROSENBERG: Tirgu Frumos, Roman, Romania; ISRAEL
WEININGER: Cabesti, Costesti, Drachinets, Czernowitz, Bukovina, Ukraine


David Lewin
 

At 20:53 08/06/2020, Ruth Kornbluth wrote:
Was there ever an organization that helped survivors establish contacts with American relatives after the war by publishing ads in newspapers across the USA? And, if so, would any of those records be available for research?
Thanking you in advance…
Ruth Fenichel Kornbluth
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There was the magazine "AUFBAU" published in the USA and UK  - now archived at the Leo Baeck Institute

There was also the "Union - Blaetter der Emigration"  in South Africa which is archived in Micro-film format in many libraries (mostly in Germany, I do not know about elsewhere) and which I have digitized.  That is still in my computer and searching for a public home.

David Lewin
London

Search & Unite attempt to help locate people who, despite the passage of so many years since World War II, may still exist "out there".
We also assist in the process of re-possession of property in the Czech Republic and Israel.
See our Web pages at https://remember.org/unite/ and at https://searchandunite.org/


Ruth Kornbluth
 

On Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 04:06 PM, Ruth Kornbluth wrote:
Was there ever an organization that helped survivors establish contacts with American relatives after the war by publishing ads in newspapers across the USA? And, if so, would any of those records be available for research?
Thanking you in advance…
Ruth Fenichel Kornbluth


Stephen Weinstein
 

Not sure if they did newspaper ads, but try the Red Cross International Tracing Service

Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, CA, USA


R Jaffer
 

Many of the people looking for relatives in the U.S. did not know in which state the relatives were living. Therefore, the agencies ran many of the ads in multiple newspapers. You should search the Seeking Kin database referenced by David Rosen even if you think the relatives sought were living in a state other than Massachusetts.

If you are a member of a genealogical society in the U.S. and would like to have your members extract the data from your local Jewish newspaper for inclusion in the database, please contact me for more info.

Roberta Jaffer
Waltham, Massachusetts