In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day, beginning in the evening on Sunday, April 7 and ending the evening of Monday, April 8, the American Red Cross is reaching out to Holocaust survivors and their families to inform them of Red Cross services to reconnect families and find documentation.
Since 1990, the American Red Cross has helped more than 45,000 families search for information and documentation of their loved ones who went missing during the Holocaust. This work has resulted in locating 1,600 individuals and reconnecting them with their families.
HOLOCAUST AND WAR VICTIMS TRACING: So many years after World War II, the pain of being separated from family still affects many. The American Red Cross Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center was closed in November 2012, but through its national Restoring Family Links program, the Red Cross continues to help residents of the United States search for information about loved ones missing since the Holocaust.
The tracing services are free of charge and utilize the worldwide network of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, the Magen David Adom in Israel, as well as museums, archives and international organizations to help find information about someone’s loved one.
HOW TO BEGIN YOUR SEARCH: If folks are interested in trying to find a loved one, they can contact their local Red Cross chapter. These searches are complex and can take a year or more to find results. Information has been found in more than 79 percent of cases such as documentation outlining deportation to another country, or in some, confirmation of death. Some have been lucky to find their loved ones and reunite after so many years of separation.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at blog.redcross.org.