The Shoah Victims' Names Recovery Project
Connections and Discoveries
- Reunited: Siblings Find Each Other Through Pages of Testimony
- Brothers Reunite After 59 Years
- Lost and Found
- Congratulations — You Have an Aunt!
- Rescuer and survivor meet thanks to the Names Database
- Sisters Reunite After 61 Years
- Rywka's Diary
- "A Prayer Book's Journey"
- Prayer Book Returned to Family of Original Owners Murdered in the Holocaust
- “We’ve Finally Found Him”
- “I was looking for information about the dead, instead I found a live relative”
- “I waited 65 years to give her a kiss”
- “Out of the Lost Comes the Found”
- Reaching through time and space
- Happy Reunion For Long-lost cousins
- A Bittersweet Joy
Sisters Reunite After 61 Years
In 2005 sisters Klara Blaier and Hannah Katz were reunited after more than six decades after the granddaughter of one of the sisters conducted a search on Yad Vashem’s Central Database of Shoah Victims’ Names.
Klara Blaier, 81, and Hannah Katz, 78, were born to the Weiss family in a village near the town of Mukachevo (better known as Munkacs by the Jewish community that once flourished there) in what was then Czechoslovakia. After the war broke out, their parents sent them to different relatives in Hungary. They last saw each other in 1944, after the Nazis occupied Hungary. Both survived camps and death marches, made aliya in 1948 and raised families just 45 miles apart. Both thought they were the only survivors from their families.
In January 2005, Hannah Katz’s granddaughter Merav Zamir decided to check if the Page of Testimony she submitted in 1999 for her great grandmother Sheindl Weiss (on behalf of her grandmother) was there. To her surprise, she found that besides her own, there was another Page of Testimony for Sheindl Weiss submitted by her daughter Klara Blaier in 1993. As far as Merav knew, her grandmother had no surviving siblings. She immediately contacted Yad Vashem, who then assisted the families in making contact.
After 61 years, Klara and Hannah were finally reunited. In a newspaper interview, Merav said: