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BŠlint, Lea

Balint spent part of World War II living under an assumed name in a Polish convent in Brwinow, near Warsaw. Her parents placed her there when she was five and she emerged at the end of the ... [more]

Conrad, Joseph

He spent 20 years at sea, which provided the background for some of his best writing. He settled in England in 1895 and wrote in English. His famous novels include The Heart of Darkness, Ni... [more]

Frank, Eva

Frank was the daughter of the Jewish false messiah Jacob Frank (born Jacob Leibowicz) (1726-91), whose movement was an outgrowth of that of Sabbatai Zvi in the previous century. In 1756 Fra... [more]

Goldwyn, Sam

Goldwyn was born Samuel Gelbfisz in the Warsaw ghetto, and by the time he was 11 he was an orphan. He emigrated first to England (1899) and then to the USA. In 1913 he entered the fledgl... [more]

Helena (under Nazi Germany)

Three special aspects of this terrible time are related to adoption. These are in addition to the orphans and separated families created when foresighted Jewish parents sent their children ... [more]

Michelowski, Alexander (under Nazi Germany)

Three special aspects of this terrible time are related to adoption. These are in addition to the orphans and separated families created when foresighted Jewish parents sent their children ... [more]

Nazi Germany

Three special aspects of this terrible time are related to adoption. These are in addition to the orphans and separated families created when foresighted Jewish parents sent their children ... [more]

Shoah

The Shoah, also known as the Holocaust , is the name given to the attempt by Nazi Germany to exterminate not only the Jews of Europe, their primary target, but also the mentally and physic... [more]

Twardecki, Aloizy (under Nazi Germany)

Three special aspects of this terrible time are related to adoption. These are in addition to the orphans and separated families created when foresighted Jewish parents sent their children ... [more]

Wilkomirski, Binjamin

Wilkomirski (he is not sure whether this is in fact his real name) claims to be one of the many Jewish children orphaned by the Nazi Holocaust and one of the few hundred young children to s... [more]

Zvi, Sarah

Sarah was a Jewish girl and the daughter of a rabbi from Podolia (then in Poland, now in Ukraine) whose parents were murdered in a pogrom in 1648. She was then, according to one version ... [more]

Zweig, Stefan Jerzy

Zweig was the son of a prosperous Polish Jewish lawyer. When he was only a toddler the Nazis sent him and his father to the Buchenwald concentration camp. There they were separated and his ... [more]

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