21 July 2007

IAJGS: One family's story

Gesher Galicia is the special interest group focused on the area of the former Austro-Hungary (was Poland, today Ukraine). There were several other sessions on available resources, including maps, gazetteers and cadastral records with Brian Lenius.

The SIG lunch featured NY Daily News reporter Erin Einhorn, whose forthcoming book is titled, "Pages In between: The Story of One Family." You can hear more on NPR's This American Life, where she was interviewed here and here.

The daughter of Holocaust survivors, Einhorn related her interest in family history, time spent in Krakow and the connections she made, people who expected her to make right a decades-old promise and attempts at locating the necessary documents.

Says Einhorn, there are two deaths. One is when the heart stops beating and the other is of being forgotten. When each survivor dies, so do their towns. She looks on her quest as saving her family from that second death.

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