CONCORD — In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day, 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. 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.
Anyone interested in trying to find a loved one 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.
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, visit redcross.org/nh or call us at 1-800-464-6692. Contributions may also be sent to the American Red Cross in New Hampshire at P.O. Box 2528, Concord, 03302-2528.