Be inspired by three new stories recently published on JewishGen’s Success! Stories webpage. You can access these accounts from the “About Us” button on the website or by following this link:

From Cluj To The Rest Of The World:
The Fate Of The Five Jakab Siblings

by Reinier Heinsman

“He enjoyed the little things, such as going for a walk in the park of Antwerp to admire his favorite tree, a weeping willow. Ferdinand was also a writer, who especially liked to write Hungarian poems. In September 1942, he was deported from Belgium to Auschwitz.”

Yad Vashem Page of Testimony:
An Opportunity Lost

 by Richard L. Baum

“… on a whim, I entered my mother’s surname into the Yad Vashem search engine. Sitting in front of my monitor, I was expecting a null result when I was stunned to see two Pages of Testimony “pop up.” Someone had survived. A survivor!”

 Doppelgangers, DNA, and Doubts
by Jeremy Frankel

 “With a deep sigh and the realization I had to clear my family name, I embarked on a sleuthing expedition of my own. There was little to go on other than the birth mother recalling that the birth father had the name Harris Koenigsberg.”

Thank you to the above authors for sharing their stories, including our Webmaster and Associate Editor, Richard L. Baum. We encourage you to submit your own success stories to us at

Nancy Siegel (San Francisco/CA/USA)
Editor and Director of Communications