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Closure for Holocaust kin
By 2007, half of the German archives could be accessed at a U.S. museum, filling in gaps in family trees of survivors.
By WAVENEY ANN MOORE, Times Staff Writer
Published April 19, 2006

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Mary Wygodski survived the Holocaust as a teen, but her family did not. Even after more than six decades, the 80-year-old St. Petersburg woman isn’t sure how they all died.

Now she has some hope. This week, Germany agreed to open archives – perhaps 50-million documents – held in the town of Bad Arolsen, one of the largest Holocaust archives in the world.

“It took me 40 years to find out that my father and brother were captured and executed by the Germans in Klooga concentration camp in Estonia,” Wygodski said Wednesday.