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My Experience at Auschwitz by Ivy Helman

On August 4th, I visited Auschwitz.  In the beginning, the reality of the experience did not match my surrealist expectations of it.  I expected to walk onto the grounds and get hit over the head with the heaviness of what happened there, to feel a sense of deep connection to the land covered in the ashes of my people, to have the opportunity to mourn the loss of the members of my family I never met and to be utterly speechless as to the twisted systematization and industrialization of murder that took place there.  793 more words

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Ancestor Work

I just started drumming as part of my larger weekend Ancestor work.

Every day, I wake up and light a candle and incense, say hello to my Ancestors, and thank them for the gift of existence. 113 more words

Ancestors

Free Access to Findmypast

Starting today, June 29th until July 6th, all UK, US and Irish records will be completely free to search and explore on Findmypast. It’s a special Fourth of July extravaganza! 386 more words

Ancestors

A Prayer for an Ancestor in the Making

I die a little each day
Each step taking me just a little closer
to the Ancestors

I die a little each day
Hardly macabre; rather, hopeful… 81 more words

Spirituality

A Tale of Two Sisters and a Daughter and Niece by Carol P. Christ

This continues the story I began last week. Catherina is my 2x great-grandmother; Agnes is my 2x great-aunt; Johanetta is my first cousin, 3x removed, and my step-2x great-grandmother; Henry is my 2x great-grandfather. 1,465 more words

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A Tale of Two Sisters by Carol P. Christ

When I first returned from my ancestor quest in Germany, I fell ill with a bad cold and cough and had little physical energy. For two weeks I lived in the dreamtime, communicating with the ancestors and trying to make sense of the information about their lives I had discovered. 1,790 more words

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