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Big Business or Big Brother?

At the recent American Academy of Forensic Science meeting in New Orleans, I attended the workshop The Opiate Crisis, Dirty Bombs, Big Data/Big Problems, and Driverless Cars:  On the Leading Edge of Forensic Science – 2017 Theoretical Forensic Sciences “Think Tank”.  It seemed like a good session to discover where forensic research is going, aside from the serious look

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Who Am I? What is My Name? – Part XII – Taking Stock

INTRODUCTION As with all research projects, there have been so many zigzags in this story, it’s only reasonable to take a break to take stock of where we are in solving the puzzle of Pnina’s identity.  We haven’t solved all the mysteries yet, but we know so much more now than we started with a

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Who Am I? What Is My Name? Part XI – Berlin, Warsaw, and the German Soldier

I recently traveled to Berlin and Warsaw to personally research in the various German and Polish archives.  My hope was to find more information about Gertrude Priess-Spiro and her circle of acquaintance and friends, towards the goal of finding the birth identity of Pnina Gutman, whom she helped smuggle from the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.  I feel

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For Immediate Release – Grant from the Elie Wiesel Jewish Studies Center, Boston University

The Center for Professional Education at Boston University has been awarded a competitive grant from Jewish Cultural Endowment Fund of the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies to hold a one-day workshop “Holocaust Survival and Reunion Stories:  Separating Fact from Fiction Using Genealogical Research Techniques”. The workshop will be conducted by internationally recognized forensic genealogist Colleen

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Who Am I – What Is My Name – Part X – Gertrude's Marriage and Divorce

By now, everyone who reads this should know Gertrude Priess-Spiro, the woman who arranged to have Pnina Gutman smuggled from the Warsaw Ghetto in August or September 1942.  New information about her has recently been discovered that provides details about her marriage to Leo Spiro.  It also explains why she was listed under her maiden name

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Calendar of Upcoming Events

Calendar October 2016 through March 2017  October 20, 2016 2:30 pm Forensic Genealogy:  The Database Detective 6:30 pm The Secrets of Abraham Lincoln’s DNA The Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts & the Chicopee Public Library Chicopee Public Library 449 Front Street, Chicopee, MA  01013 Contact: Barbara Kulig ***** October 22, 2016 1:45 – 3:00 pm Six

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