Daughter of Holocaust survivors to speak April 25, 2021, for JGS of Illinois virtual meeting #jgs-iajgs #announcements

Martin Fischer

Genealogist Deborah Long to speak on Holocaust research in April 25, 2021, free webinar: 

Deborah H. Long, founder of the Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society in Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C., will speak on “Three Guides, Four Countries: A Daughter of Holocaust Survivors Travels to Their Ancestral Villages” during the Sunday, April 25, 2021, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois virtual meeting. Her live streaming presentation, which takes about 90 minutes, will begin at 2 p.m. Central Time and will be followed by time for questions and answers. 

For more information and to register/RSVP, go to https://jgsi.org/event-3988685

This webinar will be recorded so that JGSI’s paid members who are unable to view it live will be able to view the recording later. (Her talk will be preceded at 1 p.m. by a separate members-only genealogy question-and-answer discussion time.)  

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Deborah Long recounts in this presentation her shocking 2009 unearthing of family artifacts that compelled her to visit her ancestral villages in Poland, Hungary and northern Germany to understand her parents’ Holocaust history. The narrative of this program serves to inspire researchers who are up against all odds—few names, no family artifacts or photographs, and no living relatives.  

She will review her methodology, her trip through shtetls and concentration camps, and her surprising and joyful discovery upon returning home. 


Deborah has been researching her family’s Holocaust history and looking for surviving family members for more than 50 years. She is a professional educator, and typically her audiences are licensed professionals. She has written more than 20 books, including a memoir about growing up as a child of survivors titled “First Hitler, Then Your Father, and Now You.” She is the founder of the Triangle JGS in Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  

The Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping members collect, preserve, and perpetuate the records and history of their ancestors. JGSI is a resource for the worldwide Jewish community to research their Chicago-area roots. The JGSI motto is “Members Helping Members Since 1981.” The group has more than 300 members and is affiliated with the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies

JGSI members have access to useful and informative online family history research resources, including a members’ forum, more than 65 video recordings of past speakers’ presentations, a monthly JGSI E-News, quarterly Morasha JGSI newsletter, and much more. Members---as well as non-members---can look for their ancestors on the free searchable JGSI Jewish Chicago Database

Martin Fischer
Vice President-Publicity
Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

JGSI website: https://jgsi.org