Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois

“Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust” by Deborah H. Long

  • 30 Aug 2020
  • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • From the convenience of your home computer.

Genealogist Deborah Long to speak on Holocaust research on Aug. 30:

Deborah H. Long, founder of the Triangle Jewish Genealogical Society in Durham/Chapel Hill, N.C., will present a webinar on “Out of the Whirlwind: Finding Your Family Lost in the Holocaust” at the Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois meeting. Her presentation will begin at 2 p.m. via a live streaming platform. 

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Deborah Long reviews in this presentation the best (as well as some of the obscure) resources and methods for determining the fate of those involved in the Holocaust, including survivors and victims. She will use examples from her own research to demonstrate the documents and artifacts she discovered.

 Deborah has been researching her family’s Holocaust history and looking for surviving family members for more than 50 years. Her research in 2009 led to the discovery of surviving cousins in Sweden, Hungary, Canada and, most recently, in Israel. Deborah is a professional educator, though typically her audiences are licensed professionals. She has written more than 20 books, including a memoir about growing up as a child of survivors titled “First Hitler, Then Your Father, and Now You.” She is the founder of the Triangle JGS in Durham/Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

While this program is free, those who join the society have access to several valuable members-only resources on the JGSI website. They include video recordings of more than 50 presentations from past JGSI events, valuable informational handouts from past speakers, access to past Morasha newsletters containing informative articles about Jewish genealogy, and more. To learn about the benefits of joining the Jewish Genealogical Society of Illinois, go to

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