I saw this on MyHeritage today – Family Separated During the Holocaust Find Each Other with MyHeritage DNA Test: https://blog.myheritage.com/2021/01/3-dna-match-leads-woman-to-reunite-with-long-lost-father/. Much longer article, and includes photos.
by Esther · January 26, 2021 DNA
The horrific events of the Holocaust tore apart countless families, many of whom were never reunited. One of these families was that of Gedalya and Miriam Sura Ehrenberg, a father and daughter separated during the war who spent the rest of their lives trying to find each other. Tragically, they didn’t succeed during their lifetimes.
But thanks to MyHeritage DNA, the story didn’t end there.
80 years after Gedalya said goodbye to his daughter for the last time, their descendants have finally found each other. This story was originally featured in The Jerusalem Post Magazine on January 15, 2021.
‘Keep my daughter safe for me’
Before the war, Gedalya and his family lived in the little Polish town of Zakrzówek. Sensing the danger that was to come, Gedalya took his baby daughter, just three years old, to Aleksander Paprota — a Polish gentile he knew. Gedalya handed his daughter and a large sum of money to Aleksander and asked him to keep her safe for him. He promised to come back for her after the war if he survived.
Then, the Nazis invaded and Gedalya and his family were sent to the concentration camps. His wife and 3 other children perished at Auschwitz, and he lost two of his brothers. All that remained of his family was his other brother, Abraham, who survived alongside him in Dachau… and the hope that somehow, in all the madness, Aleksander had made good on his promise and kept Miriam Sura safe.