Holocaust DNA

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Jewish families long separated by the Holocaust could one day be reunited by new DNA matching techniques, say scientists who are building a genetic database of holocaust survivors. As this ScienCentral News video explains, the new methods were initially developed to identify victims of the World Trade Center attacks.

“Project of Hope”

Joseph Mandelbaum and his wife Lena survived the tortures of Nazi concentration camps and the murders of their parents, siblings and loved ones. Sixty-five years after the Holocaust, they know exactly who they are still searching for: those killed but not incinerated; Joseph’s two brothers, Lena’s father.

“We have nobody in the cemeteries, because our aunts and uncles and grandparents and brothers and sisters, everybody went,” says Lena Mandelbaum, who is now 79 years old.