Betty Grebenshikoff was only nine years old when she fled Hitler’s Germany. Dozens of family members will be killed in Nazi death camps. And for more than eight decades, he thought his best friend had suffered the same fate. Elizabeth Gelman, executive director of The Florida Holocaust Museum, talks about the extraordinary coincidences that must occur for Betty and Ana María to reunite, and what makes the whole story universal emotional.
That Edhi Foundation is home to many homeless people, many of whom end up in the welfare organization’s shelter in Karachi after they get lost and are separated from loved ones, apart from those with mental illness. Most of these lost people, separated from their families over the years, consisted of those from cities other than Karachi.
While they are provided in the shelter, they miss their loved ones and their identities.
Recognizing the use of the Shanakht Program to get them out of their misery, the Citizen-Police Liaison Committee (CPLC) have taken the tough task of tracking down their families and reuniting them with their loved ones.
According to the head of the Shanakht Program Amir Hasan, the decision was made after the CPLC identification program team learned that hundreds of people at the Edhi Foundation shelter in Karachi were not from the city.
“As per the findings of a survey conducted by the Shanakht Program team, 500 women at the shelter of a welfare organization in North Karachi and 1,200 men in Edhi Village in Nooriabad came from other cities and ended up in Karachi for various reasons,” he said. The Express Tribune. “Some of them have mental illnesses and others cannot remember their addresses, apart from other reasons, because these 1,700 missing people have lived in Karachi, separated from their families, over the years.”
He further explained that it was also possible that they may have initially sought refuge at the Edhi Foundation in their original village, town and village and then moved to Karachi due to a lack of space, while their families continued to seek out their own. city.
“But now we have started to get his fingerprints and have sent the samples to the National Database and Registration Agency (NADRA) so that his family can be traced through biometric identification,” Hasan said.
Fingerprints of 285 women at the Edhi shelter in North Karachi were sent to NADRA as of last week and Shanakht Program officials had received the biometric results of 94 of them by then.
In addition, the fingerprints of 140 people have been sent to NADRA for identification to date, and the biometric results of 50 people have been received.
A total of 100 people united with their families at that time.
Waseem Qadri, Waseem Qadri from the Central Zone of the CPLC, also said that the Shanakht Program team is doing everything in its power to reunite the missing and missing with their families.
He added that the project was also used to identify corpses without heirs in Hyderabad.
According to Qadri, so far the Shanakht Program has proven quite useful for identifying bodies, especially those burned to death following incidents such as plane crashes or bus fires.
“We are collecting fingerprints and DNA samples from cadavers for identification and the success rate of the Shanakht Program in identifying bodies has been around 50 percent,” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2021.
The retired US soldier was virtually reunited with three siblings who were found alive after a search that involved tens of thousands of Italians: they were Bruno, Mafalda and Giuliana Naldi, now aged 83, 81 and 79.
A 96-year-old retired American soldier made contact with three Italian children from a photo taken during the second world war, 76 years after they posed with him in the Bologna area of northern Italy.
The search began when Martin Adler asked his daughter Rachelle to try to trace the three children from a picture, taken in the fall of 1944, and to see if any of them were still alive.
“Help me find the three kids I met while liberating Italy from the Nazis.”
Adler’s appeal was received by Italian writer and journalist Matteo Incerti who launched a search in Italy through the media and word of mouth.
Within three days, Incerti received the message: “There’s an 83 year old guy who wants to talk to you. He’s the one in the photo.“
Adler, who fought along the Gothic Line during the second world war, found the children hiding in baskets at a house in a village in Monterenzio. After identifying himself, the soldier gave the children chocolates and a photo was taken.
Incerti promptly returned his calls, and spoke with Bruno Naldi, born in 1938, in a conversation he described as being about a “succession of emotions”.
“With great pleasure, he told me that he recognized himself in the photo and that he remembered the Americans at his home in the hamlet of Monteverzio in the Bolognese Apennines,” Incerti said.
“She told me about her sisters Mafalda and Giuliana who were born in 1938 and 1941. They are also still alive! Mafalda immediately recognized herself in photos shared in the news, online and in newspapers after my posting. They all live in Castel S. Pietro where they moved in 1953. “
Giuliana remembers the large basket they hid in for fun. They remember the chocolates that soldiers from the 339th Regiment of the US 85th Division gave them. They were there in a village in Monterenzio in the fall of 1944. Photograph of peace in hell from the Gothic Lines . “
After that emotional phone call, another one, this time to Florida. Incerti broke the news to an overjoyed Adler who exclaimed: “My heart is bursting with joy.”
Adler vividly recalls the time when the three “terrified” children emerged from hiding. “God really saw the four of us,” he said, “because we were ready to fire.”
Incerti then wasted a little time meeting Bruno, Mafalda and Giuliana in person, and arranged a video call between the four protagonists seen moving in the photo, an unforgettable moment that crosses time and boundaries.
Adler addresses the three “kids” by their names, says Incerti, learning some of the words he learned 76 years ago: “Hello children! Do you want chocolate“
“Exactly like that. This is a fairy tale. A tale of life born in the dark of war. In these dark times of our time maybe we all need to find a little human warmth and love,” Incerti wrote on social media, thanking him. “tens of thousands of people have been involved in this wonderful treasure hunt.”
And so, a week before Christmas, an old soldier’s dream came true, touching the hearts of all who followed the story.