2023 AGM and ANNUAL LIONEL SHARPE MEMORIAL PRESENTATION Sunday 12th November 2023 (a ZOOM Presentation)

Event Details

How Michael found the parents of a Kindertransport child.

Event Details

How Michael found the parents of a Kindertransport child.
Sunday 12th November 2023
7.15 pm
Zoom Link
Meeting ID
873 3997 9799

In this (ZOOM) presentation, Paul Gardner 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. His  DNA research not only confirmed Paul’s conclusions, but expanded them by adding some extraordinary new findings, which Michael will describe.


Michael Tobias, OBE BSc MSc

President JGSGB, Board Member JRI-Poland

Michael Tobias is a co-founder and board member of Jewish Records Indexing-Poland (1995-), President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB; 2022-), Honorary Research Fellow-Genealogical Studies, University of Strathclyde (2020-) and former vice president of programming for JewishGen Inc. (1995-2018).  He was database matching consultant for the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims. in 2011, Michael received the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies Lifetime Achievement Award in Washington, D.C. He was awarded the OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to the Jewish community in the Queen’s 2021 New Year’s Honours List.

Dr Paul Gardner, AM                    

Dr Paul Gardner retired from Monash University in 2002 from his position as reader in education after publishing extensively in the fields of science education and psychological measurement. He also has a long history of involvement in Jewish community life. In 2008, he was awarded an AM in the Australia Day national honours list for his work in combating racism and promoting interfaith relations.  In 2014 he became very interested in genealogy, focusing mostly but not exclusively on his late mother’s family history.  In the past six years, he has had several articles published in American and British genealogy journals, presented a paper at an IAJGS international conference in Florida, and written a book about his mother’s cousin who was active in the anti-Nazi resistance in Amsterdam.

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