Reuniting a Concentration Camp Family: Finding Tom

When Tom learned that his concentration camp sister Eva was looking for him, he was surprised and very touched. He hadn’t expected to ever see or hear from her after leaving Auschwitz.

Now, Tom says, the emails he and Eva have exchanged and the personal reunion they plan for this fall, complete a circle for him.

In this interview, Red Cross Volunteer Caseworker Julie Burger talks with Tom about how it felt when he first learned Eva was looking for him, and about his plans to reunite with his concentration camp sister 67 years later.

Julie recognized Tom’s name after reading the Red Cross Restoring Family Links contact form that had Eva had completed in Europe and submitted to the Red Cross. Julie and Tom are members of the same Synagogue in Vancouver and she was the first to contact Tom to let him know about Eva’s search.

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About the Restoring Family Links program

American Red Cross caseworkers around the U.S. help families locate missing relatives by working with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Red Cross and Red Crescent organizations in nearly every country around the world. Annually the American Red Cross assists more than 5,000 families trying to reconnect with their loved ones in the U.S. and around the world through the Red Cross Restoring Family Links program.

All Red Cross programs are made possible by the voluntary services and financial support of the American public. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers search tirelessly for information that will bring resolution to your case and peace of mind to you and your family.

Sue Anderson
SW Washington Red Cross Media Team

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