Chuck Weinstein speaking on Finding 400 Needles in a Haystack of 6 Million (Shoah research)
December 13 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wednesday, December 13 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM Meet and Greet
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Brick Wall with Mona Morris and Mark Jacobson
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Short business meeting followed by Presentation
Speaker - LIVE & IN PERSON
Chuck Weinstein has been doing Family History research for over 30 years. He was involved with JewishGen from the early 1990’s, and was the original coordinator for what is now the KehilaLinks Project. Currently serving as Towns Director for JewishGen’s Ukraine Research Division, JewishGen chose him as the first Susan E. King Volunteer of the Year in 2019. Chuck has also served as Co-Chair of the 2016 IAJGS Conference on Jewish Genealogy in Seattle, Program Chair for the 2019 Conference in Cleveland, and Lead Chair for the 2023 Conference in London.
A Past President of the JGS of Long Island, Chuck currently serves as the Vice President of the Genealogy Federation of Long Island. He is a resident of Bellport, Long Island. He has addressed libraries, synagogues, genealogy organizations and IAJGS Conferences over the years.
In 1938, the small village of Miroslav, Czechoslovakia went to sleep on the evening of September 30, unaware that under the terms of the Munich Accords, it would awaken the following morning as German territory. The 425 or so Jewish inhabitants of this town mostly fled, but with the fall of Prague, the following year, their hope of escaping the Nazi onslaught faded. In this talk, Chuck Weinstein tells the tale of what happened in the ensuing years and his efforts to document the fate of those people and their stories. In the end, using sources readily available, he was able to document almost 400 of them, most of whom did not survive the war. In the process, he reunited two cousins who thought each other had died and brought to light the stories of other survivors.
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