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Izzy Arbeiter Waves Goodbye to Plock

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 26, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org Israel Arbeiter said his final goodbye today to his home city of Plock, Poland. At 87, Arbeiter will most likely never again be healthy enough to return to the city that gave him life 87 years ago, but… Read more

Israel Arbeiter Returns To Plock

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 25, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org Israel Arbeiter was 14 when the Germans took over his city of Plock, Poland on September 3, 1939. There were an estimated 10,000 Jews living in Plock (pronounced Plotsk) in 1939. You would be hard pressed to find a handful… Read more

Israel Arbeiter Lands in Poland

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 24, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org Just prior to boarding our Lufthansa flight from Boston’s Logan airport to Munich, Germany and then on to Warsaw, Poland I gave Holocaust survivor Israel Arbeiter a copy of a book I just finished. It’s called “Auschwitz” by… Read more

Israel Arbeiter Returns to Poland

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 23, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org How much inner strength must a man have to be able to revisit places where he experienced indescribable horrors? Israel Arbeiter has spent the past seven decades keeping a promise. That promise was to tell as many people… Read more

Prisoner A18651: Israel Arbeiter

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 18, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Contributed by Tim Gray, chairman of the non-profit WWII Foundation. For more information about the foundation, visit www.wwiifoundation.org “Hitler tried to kill me. I’m still alive. He’s dead”. Israel Arbeiter, the author of those words, turned 87 within the past week. If you had asked him in 1939 whether he would have lived this long he… Read more

1940 U.S. Census: So Many Questions Waiting to be Answered

Posted by Nick Cifuentes on April 17, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

Anna and Joe Dansbury William Dansbury’s first wife died in 1938, leaving him with three small children. By 1942 he married his first wife’s cousin, my grandmother, Anna Steffes, and had another baby boy. I’m not exactly sure how quickly he remarried but 1940 is a critical year. Were they married yet? Or was my… Read more

These Families We Inherit

Posted by Crista Cowan on March 16, 2012 in Social Media, Stories

With families, no matter what kind you inherit, at some point you want to announce you belong to it. I had the opportunity yesterday to spend a few minutes talking with Kaui Hart Hemmings, the author of The Descendants.  She was very candid about her family history.  That wasn’t at all surprising. I have read… Read more

Not All In Our Past Is Noble And Good

Posted by Crista Cowan on February 16, 2012 in Content, Stories

Born and living in California, actor and activist George Takei was only four years old when Pearl Harbor was bombed in December of 1941. Two short months later, on February 19, 1942, in reaction to that event, President Franklin D Roosevelt issued an Executive Order that allowed approximately 120,000 Japanese-Americans and Japanese residents to be… Read more

Five Genealogy Goals For The New Year

The first week of the new year is now behind us. I know it took me a few extra days to recover from the holiday. In fact, my mom just flew home yesterday. We had a wonderful December full of family and food and fun. I hope you did, too. Now life is now back… Read more

Echoes From Pearl Harbor

Posted by Crista Cowan on December 6, 2011 in Stories

I’m not sure why I am surprised by how many of you were there or had family who were there. I have read every one of your stories as they have streamed in over the past week. Those first hand accounts help us remember the living history of pivotal events in the world. You remind… Read more

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