Arriving for another quiet visit to her daughter in Israel, Esther Mudrick of Providence, Rhode Island, was in for a major surprise. A few weeks ago, 58 years after they had last seen each other in Lodz, Poland, first cousins Mudrick, 89, and Helena Sokolow Bjostek, 91, of Petah Tikva, were reunited. Their mothers were sisters Chaya and Rosa Platner of Wolomin.

The reunion was made possible by researcher Patricia Wilson of Ra’anana.

“This is truly the land of miracles,” she says, stressing that Holocaust survivors should never give up hope of finding family. “Someone may be just around the corner.”

Mudrick arrived on her annual visit to her daughter and son-in-law, Chaya and Shimon Bouganim, their three children and their families in Rishon Lezion. Their daughter Shlomit recently married Patricia and Nigel Wilson’s son Doron. Former Londoners, the Wilsons made aliya in 1993.

Chaya Bouganim knew that Wilson’s passion is genealogy and said, “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, during my mother’s visit, we could find relatives who might have survived?”