Restoring Family Links: Connecting Susan Stevens

Restoring Family Links: Connecting Susan Stevens

Hugh and Susan Stevens are on a mission to preserve part of their family history. A few years ago, the couple visited the Jewish Museum in Berlin and after reading about the people and families impacted, she felt it was time to dig further into her own untold family story.

While cleaning out some items that belonged to her late aunt, Vera Rosenthal, Susan stumbled upon two well-preserved typed letters emblazoned with the American Red Cross logo.

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Red Cross Reconnects Family Separated by the Cold War

Red Cross Reconnects Family Separated by the Cold War

In September 2015, the Oklahoma City chapter of the American Red Cross received a call from Linda*, asking for assistance to find her mother Anna’s missing brother in Germany. Anna fled East Germany as a young adult during the Cold War in the mid-1950s. She married an American and they settled in the United States. Anna’s last contact with her family in East Germany was in the mid-1960s by telephone when she was advised to no longer call. Anna is now experiencing early signs of dementia, and wished to find and visit with her brother Emmett before her health deteriorated further. 

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A Lost Soldier, Found

A Lost Soldier, Found

I started my first assignment as a new Restoring Family Links caseworker with Karl in September of 2015. He contacted the American Red Cross looking for help in locating the final resting place of a missing family member, last seen leaving for battle with a horse-drawn artillery unit heading for Russia in March of 1944. The German soldier, Heinrich M., had come to Frankfurt to check on his family and had married his fiancé one day before rejoining his unit. He was never heard from again. Karl, Heinrich’s nephew, wanted, once and for all, to provide his mother and aunt, Heinrich’s sisters who were now both in their 90s, an answer as to what had happened to their brother during World War II.

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This week in Restoring Family Links: 07/25/2016-07/29/2016

This week in Restoring Family Links: 07/25/2016-07/29/2016

Syria: The situation in Aleppo has grown more devastating as Syria’s regime continues to intensify airstrikes. The intensification of airstrikes happened as a UN envoy prepared to meet officials from the U.S. and Russia to revive peace talks.

UNICEF reported that four hospitals and a blood bank were hit by the airstrikes over the weekend, thus disrupting services that keep up to 300,000 civilians alive. As a result, a 2-day-old baby died due to the disruption of oxygen supply when the airstrike hit. The airstrikes over the weekend and during this week have resulted in at least 50 deaths in the city.

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This Week in Restoring Family Links 4/25/2016 - 4/29/2016

This Week in Restoring Family Links 4/25/2016 - 4/29/2016

Ecuador: Ecuador is still reeling from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck the coast on April 16, which has caused 655  deaths and about 4,600 critically injuries. both of which continue to climb as rescue crews search and pull people from the rubble. The capital of Quito did not report extensive damage, but six coastal provinces have been placed under a state of emergency. Much of these provinces' infrastructure is severely damaged, and thousands are still left stranded without reliable communication, aid supplies, or running water. The Ecuadorian government has deployed 10,000 armed forces members to these provinces to set up temporary shelters and hospitals. 

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