This Sunday_ Michael Tobias presents DNA case study- 

Judith Auerbach – a Theresienstadt Toddler

Sunday, April 14 th 2024, @ 7.30 p.m.  ZOOM presentation

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Sunday, April 14 th 2024, @ 7.30 p.m.by Michael Tobias OBE BSc MSc.  President of JGSGB and Board Member of JRI-Poland 


Judith was born on 20 April 1942 in Vienna and transported to Theresienstadt when just 5 months old. Her mother and siblings had been transported to Auschwitz 2 months previously and perished almost immediately. Miraculously Judith survived and she was one of the 300 Windermere children flown to the UK in Summer 1945. Research in Vienna helped by the Wiener Library in London suggested Judith’s mother’s husband Josef Auerbach was not Judith’s biological father. After seeing Jackie Young’s story on the UK TV show “DNA Family Secrets” Judith wondered if DNA could help her locate living family members and identity her biological father. Using traditional genealogical techniques along with DNA, by August 2023 after under 3 months research (including waiting 6 weeks for DNA results) a maternal 1st cousin in Israel and several maternal 2nd and 3rd cousins in the USA were located. It was also possible to identify Judith’s biological father and put her in touch with a paternal 1st cousin in Florida who believed he was the only surviving member of his father’s family.


Bernie Kuran will give a presentation about the origin of  Jewish Surnames

Sunday May 19th,  2.30- 4.30 p.m.  Glen Eira Town Hall

The story of Jewish surnames – their origins, types and etymologies!   For further information, please email [email protected]

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This SUNDAY , April 14th 2024, 7.30pm _ ZOOM presentation Michael Tobias: DNA case study: Judith Auerbach – Theresienstadt Toddler:

Judith was born on 20 April 1942 in Vienna and transported to Theresienstadt when just 5 months old. Her mother and siblings had been transported to Auschwitz 2 months previously and perished almost immediately. Miraculously Judith survived and she was one of the 300 Windermere children flown to the UK in Summer 1945. Research in Vienna helped by the Wiener Library in London suggested Judith’s mother’s husband Josef Auerbach was not Judith’s biological father. After seeing Jackie Young’s story on the UK TV show “DNA Family Secrets” Judith wondered if DNA could help her locate living family members and identity her biological father. Using traditional genealogical techniques along with DNA, by August 2023 after under 3 months research (including waiting 6 weeks for DNA results) a maternal 1st cousin in Israel and several maternal 2nd and 3rd cousins in the USA were located. It was also possible to identify Judith’s biological father and put her in touch with a paternal 1st cousin in Florida who believed he was the only surviving member of his father’s family.


 Sunday Oct. 29th 2023  (click EVENTS tab for more details)
“Explore Land records and name Changes in NSW” 
Talk by Gary LUKE ( The Australian Jewish Historical Society ).  Zoom presentation on Sunday, October 29th, 10.00am -12noon .  
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Sunday Nov. 2023 (  7.15 pm )-AGM of the AJGSVic. (click EVENTS tab for more details)
After the AGM, Michael Tobias and Paul Gardner, will present a joint Zoom presentation, talking about how Michael found the parents of a Kindertransport child.In this presentation, Paul will describe the outcome of a research project that he pursued, intermittently, over six years. This work led to the later involvement of one of the world’s leading genealogists, Michael Tobias, whose DNA research not only confirmed Paul’s conclusions, but expanded them by adding some extraordinary new findings, which Michael will describe later. 


 




 

 

 

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Allan Jackie & Bernie Kuran present

DNA Discoveries - Our Amazing
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Allan Jackie & Bernie Kuran present

DNA Discoveries - Our Amazing
Stories

Allan Jackie & Bernie Kuran present

DNA Discoveries - Our Amazing
Stories

Allan Jackie & Bernie Kuran present

DNA Discoveries - Our Amazing
Stories

Allan Jackie & Bernie Kuran present

DNA Discoveries - Our Amazing
Stories

Allan Jackie & Bernie Kuran present

DNA Discoveries - Our Amazing
Stories

Allan Jackie & Bernie Kuran present

DNA Discoveries - Our Amazing
Stories

Allan Jackie & Bernie Kuran present

DNA Discoveries - Our Amazing
Stories

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Bubbles Segall

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Hobart Archives 2022