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“Families Lost and Found – Tracing My Viennese Roots after the Holocaust”, by Irv Adler
A serendipitous meeting on May 18, 2014 at the Stone of Remembrance dedication for his grandmother led Irv Adler to find the last member of his family who had lived through the Holocaust, his Israeli cousin, Shaul Spielmann. In this presentation, Irv Adler will share an intriguing story about tracing his Viennese roots while searching for information about his family. The discovery of letters written by Irv’s grandmother from 1938 to 1941 identified unknown relatives and eventually led Irv to chronicle his family’s Holocaust story. Irv’s cousin, Shaul, was unaware that any member of his Viennese family was still alive.

Irv Adler, a retired executive with 42 years of technical and business experience in the commercial arena, was born in New York City and grew up in Manhattan and in Queens. Irv received a bachelor’s degree from New York University in 1965. He moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where, in 1970, he earned a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Michigan and has lived in the Midwest ever since. Irv is a founding member and current past president of the Northeast Indiana Jewish Genealogy Society, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has been doing research on his Viennese family and the Holocaust in Vienna since 2010, culminating in the October 2021 publication of his book, Then and Now: Discovering my Viennese Family.

Jan 11, 2023 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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