JFCS has a new Volunteer Historian who writes articles JFCS.Â Mr. Harold Levy has numerous interesting stories which he is eager to share such as the YMHA, (Young Menâ€™s Hebrew Association), bulletin story from the 1940â€™s and in this amazing tale, how he was reunited after a 60 year search with his cousin in Israel.
Donâ€™t Give Up, By Harold Levy
My story should give hope to those who search for long lost family. What was left of my Motherâ€™s family were able to escape Eastern Europe just before WWII. They settled in Haifa, Israel. The only meeting of any of the family was with a first cousin, Ziva. She came to visit us in 1950. After she left, we had no contact. She was 19 years old at that time.
For the last 39 years, I have tried in vain to connect any of those that might be left. I have tried the Israeli consulate, the newspaper in Haifa, along with searching the web for any possible help. NO LUCK! I was about to just stop trying. I was looking around my desk when I noticed a sign that I had hung on the wall. It reads â€œDONâ€™T GIVE UP! REMEMBER MOSES WAS ONCE A BASKET CASE!â€
I decided, as a last resort, to contact a gentleman in Atlanta who I had met on line. He had ties to the same area in Europe that my mother was from. I sent him an email and asked if he had any suggestions that I might try. They very next day I received an email from him with an email address of a man in Haifa who may help! I sent an email to him together with an attachment containing a copy of the flap from an envelope containing the name and address that was more than 30 years old. Would you believe the luck? The very next day I received an email with the very first line that read â€œYouâ€™re in luck!â€
It stated that he had looked up the name and address on the attachment, and wonder of wonders, MY COUSIN ANSWERED THE PHONE! She is now 80 years old. I call the number and Ziva answered. We have spoken many times. Ziva has a sister, Aya, who is 70 years old. Aya has emailed me pictures of Ziva and my Grandmother. Can you imagine how excited I was to see my Grandmothers face for the very first time, and I am now 89 years old! The reason for my story is simple, DONâ€™T STOP TRYING! It took me 61 years to find and contact my cousin.
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