MyHeritage Finds Family Members of Children Murdered by Nazis at Sobibor – MyHeritage January 27, 2022

I saw this recently on MyHeritage – MyHeritage Finds Family Members of Children Murdered by Nazis at Sobibor: Longer article.

By Esther January 27, 2022

In the year 1943, 4 Jewish children from Amsterdam were herded onto trains and sent off to an unknown destination. Each of these children carried something with them: a small aluminum name tag given to them by their parents, stating their names, birthdates, and place of origin. The parents understood that their children might be separated from them in the chaos, and they wanted to make sure they would be reunited if that happened.

Unfortunately, what happened next was much worse than any of these parents imagined. These families were all exterminated in the gas chambers at the infamous Sobibor death camp.

70 years later, an Israeli archeologist named Yoram Haimi began excavating the Sobibor camp and uncovered these name tags. He was able to find information about two of the children whose name tags he found, but the lives, families, and fates of the other two remained a mystery.

Roi Mandel, Director of Research at MyHeritage, had worked on this story back in his journalist days, and it somehow popped back into his head on January 9 this year. He decided to call Yoram and ask him what happened with the tags. Yoram told him that the tags are now being kept at the museum at Majdanek, but that he hadn’t managed to find relatives for two of the children identified in the tags.

“I asked him if I could try,” says Roi. “I felt that I had to do it. These childrens’ stories, I thought, need to be told.”


CNN published an article about this story earlier today.


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