JewishGen Talks: Stories of Escape

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Wednesday January 26

2:00 PM  –  3:00 PM


About the Talk:

Thousands of Jews fled war-torn Europe by traveling eastward via Shanghai and Japan. In this talk, Mark will trace the very interesting journeys of survival of four refugees from Europe to safe harbor in the United States – two in the New York area and two in the Los Angeles area. This talk will highlight the exploits of many virtuous souls including Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese consul in Lithuania who issued transit visas to over 2000 Jewish refugees. Along with providing their interesting narratives, Mark will share many of the research sources and practices used to document their journeys.


About the Speaker:

Mark was an International Businessman who lived in Japan and Hong Kong in the 1980s. A decade later, while on business in Poland, he visited Bialystok (his mother's birthplace) and became interested in his Galician and Polish roots. Now retired, Mark works with JRI–Poland, JewishGen, IAJGS, and Jewish Genealogical and Archival Society of Greater Philadelphia (JGASGP) helping others research their roots. Mark is on the Board and Executive Group of JRI-Poland, the founder of JewishGen's BIALYGen group, and past President of JGASGP. Mark was honored in 2018 with the IAJGS Lifetime Achievement Award.