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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Rediscovering Concealed Jewish Roots

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Writing in The New York Times last week, Joshua Prager reported an interesting story about Ralph Branca (the Brooklyn Dodger pitcher who gave up the famous home run to New York Giant Bobby Thomson) discovering that his Roman Catholic mother was born Jewish, and that his aunt died in Auschwitz.

“When I had phoned Branca and told him,” Prager wrote after researching the topic, “that his mother, Kati, was Jewish and that thus, according to traditional Jewish law, he and his 16 siblings were, too, the loud man was quiet. But when I had told him of the murder of his uncle, Branca had looked for words. ‘Uh, oh, boy,’ he had said. ‘My mother never mentioned this to me.’”

Read the whole article here.

You might also be interested in the January 10 event at 92nd Street Y, The Hidden Jews of the Holocaust. During the Holocaust, many surviving Jews who remained in Poland hid their Jewish identity. Now, a growing number of Poles are rediscovering their families’ concealed Jewish roots. Join members of this re-emerging Jewish community for a fascinating and inspiring account of young Polish Jews reclaiming the heritage that Hitler sought to extinguish.

[The Hidden Jews of the Holocaust]

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