25 August 2009

Miami: A grandson's Polish quest, Sept. 13

Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald reporter and columnist Daniel Shoer-Roth will speak about his Polish family quest at the next meeting of the Jewish Genealogical society of Greater Miami, on Sunday, September 13.

It is a little early to announce this mid-September event, but Tracing the Tribe wants to make sure South Florida readers put it on their calendars now. You won't want to miss this.

The meeting begins at 10am, at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami.

Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, Daniel is the grandson of Holocaust survivors. He was close to and spent much time with his grandfather Elias Roth, but never knew much about the life of his ancestors in Poland before and during World War II.

In his quest to learn more, Daniel traveled to Poland and did extensive genealogical research, starting with records in the Nowy Sacz City Hall, speaking with an 88-year-old one-time resident and visiting the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw.

On July 19, his excellent story appeared in English in the Miami Herald and in Spanish in El Nuevo Herald. In the Spanish story link, there is a wedding photo of Elias and Sophia Roth.

At the meeting, Daniel will speak more about his genealogical quest and expand on the original story.

Free secure parking is available. Bring photo ID. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, click on the JGS of Greater Miami website.

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