Finding descendants of relatives who died in the Holocaust #holocaust


Avi Lichtenstein
 

Recently, I found on the Yad Vashem testimonial site the names of relatives who died in the Holocaust (Shapiro family from Starokonstantinov, Ukraine).  The submitter’s relationship to the individuals indicated that he too is a relative.  I contacted Yad Vashem who told me that they had no more information on the submitter other than his address (in Israel) in 2014.  Yad Vashem suggested I use JewishGen, Magen David Adom’s tracing service, or the State of Israel’s Ministry of the Interior.  Because I do not live in Israel, I am not sure if I am able to use the Israel-based agencies.  Has anyone had similar experiences?

Kindest regards, 

Avi Lichtenstein


Relly coleman
 

Israel tel directory:
https://www.b144.co.il/
it's in Hebrew.  enter name (can do in English) and town.  results are in Hebrew.  
Relly Coleman


sharonrf18@...
 

I found descendants of a Holocaust survivor from my husband’s family after discovering Pages of Testimony. The survivor filled out the pages in 1957 and gave a Tel Aviv address. I knew my Hebrew probably wasn’t good enough for a search so I asked for assistance on the Facebook group Jewish Genealogy Portal. I also had the US Holocaust Museum do a search and used the Arolsen Archives and the JDC website to find anything after 1957. I had no idea if there were descendants or if I would just find a headstone. The Arolsen site provided me with his wartime internments. The Holocaust Museum also added to his wartime experience but didn’t get me past 1957. Some angels on the Facebook group were able to find the descendants! It turned out the survivor had remarried and moved to the US in 1958. We’re now in contact with the survivors. With a last address in 2014 you may not have to go through that many steps. The genealogy community is very generous and I suggest you turn to them.  Good luck to you!

Sharon Fleitman
Atlanta,  Georgia


Stephen Weinstein
 

On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 09:44 AM, Avi Lichtenstein wrote:
they had no more information on the submitter other than his address (in Israel) in 2014
Start by sending a letter to that address. 
1. Maybe he still lives there.
2. If he owned the home there and sold it, maybe the current resident bought it from him and has some paperwork with his new address.
3. If he rented it, maybe the current resident can tell you how to contact the owner and the owner had an address to mail him his security deposit or something.

If that doesn't work, try looking for him on Facebook, Google, etc.
 
--
Stephen Weinstein
Camarillo, California, USA
stephenweinstein@...


David Lewin
 

At 17:42 08/06/2021, Avi Lichtenstein via groups.jewishgen.org wrote:
Recently, I found on the Yad Vashem testimonial site the names of
relatives who died in the Holocaust (Shapiro family from
Starokonstantinov, Ukraine). The submitter's relationship to the
individuals indicated that he too is a relative. I contacted Yad
Vashem who told me that they had no more information on the
submitter other than his address (in Israel) in 2014. Yad Vashem
suggested I use JewishGen, Magen David Adom's tracing service, or
the State of Israel's Ministry of the Interior. Because I do not
live in Israel, I am not sure if I am able to use the Israel-based
agencies. Has anyone had similar experiences?

Kindest regards,

Avi Lichtenstein

Avi - do the search in Hebrew rather than English

If you cannot, I can help
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/


Beth Erez
 

If you send me a copy of the testimony you found, I would be happy to look up for you more about the person who submitted the testimony. 2014 is quite recent in there might be information on the internet about him/her.
--
Beth Krevitt Erez
Hod Hasharon, Israel
betherez@...


tzipporah batami
 

Yad vashem was very helpful. Esp if it is a close familu like if you are a survivot or child of survivors. You can ask them for full name and tel number and also on form it asks how you are related to person you are testifying about. That info is in hebrew and they can read it to you. So if it says sister or achot then you can learn more how related to you. Ive done it many times successfully but i am close relation. Otherwise you can google for site that gives israeli phone numbers and put in name and address. Its in english. Small print. Feigie Teichman


Susan Lubow
 

Never give up!  when the Yad Vashem Database came on line I wrote to one person who had submitted a page of Testimony and found family with whom I have become very close.    Much later, in 2011, I wrote to another submitter who never replied - until this past January!  So, 10 years after my first and only effort to reach out to relative #2, I got a reply!  And now, I have newly found family in Switzerland.

It can't hurt to write to old addresses, to use Facebook or Google to find people - anything may or may not work, but if you don't try, you'll never know.

Good luck.  
Susan Lowy Lubow