Ancestry.com donates 2,500 DNA kits to help Holocaust survivors find relatives
, 2023-01-31 14:26:51,
The world’s largest for-profit genealogy company, Ancestry, has donated 2,500 DNA kits to a newly launched program that helps those whose lives have been shattered by the Holocaust connect with relatives they may not have known existed.
The kits sell for $99 apiece, making the retail value of the donation just under $250,000. The gift was announced on Friday, which marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The program, called the DNA Reunion Project, operates under the auspices of the Center for Jewish History (CJH) in New York City. It provides free DNA kits to Holocaust survivors and their children, as well as the children of Holocaust victims, potentially linking them to living relatives. The project’s website also describes it as a “central genealogical resource” where Holocaust survivors can receive a no-cost genetic genealogical consultation, which can be especially helpful in the cases of hidden children, unknown parents, or non-Jews first discovering Jewish ancestry after undergoing DNA testing.
Since the DNA Reunion Project’s initiation on November 29, 2022, over 100 test kits have been mailed out, said the project’s co-founders.
“This incredibly generous donation will give hundreds of families — long ago separated by the horrors of the Holocaust — the opportunity to make crucial connections with relatives and reclaim their family story before it’s too late,” said CJH president Dr. Gavriel Rosenfeld in a statement. “With…
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