DNA Reunion Project at Center for Jewish History #announcements #dna #usa

Jan Meisels Allen

The Center for Jewish History is launching the DNA Reunion Project, offering DNA testing kits for free, to Holocaust survivors or their children (who have never DNA tested before) through an application on its website. If you have already taken such a test, please do not apply for a free kit. “The advent of DNA technology has opened up a new world of possibilities in addition to the paper trails and archives that Holocaust survivors and their descendants have used to learn about family connections severed by genocide,” Adina Newman, genealogist said. You can be added to their mailing list about upcoming online workshops on how to interpret your results by sending an email to dna@.... They will prioritize survivors as well as anyone else for whom purchasing a kit constitutes a financial hardship. The distribution of kits will be decided on a case-by-case basis. See: https://www.cjh.org/research/dna


Gavriel Rosenfeld, president of the center said, “ "It really is the last moment where these survivors can be given some modicum of justice.” Rosenfeld said the center had allocated an initial $15,000 for the DNA kits in this initial pilot effort, which would cover about 500 of them. He said they would look to scale up further if they see enough interest.


The article tells of Jackie Young searching—Jackoe hasd been orphaned as an infant and spent the first few years of his life in a Nazi inernment camp now in the Czech republic. After World War II he was taken to England, adopted and given a new name. Through the DNA testing he has found relatives some he never knew he had.


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Jan Meisels Allen

Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee