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Stolen As a Baby By Germans In WWII, a Family Finally Find Their Sister after 75 Years

By Andrew Alpin, 20 April

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Dora Rapaport managed to survive the Holocaust and escaped from being imprisoned in Auschwitz. Unfortunately, she was separated from her oldest daughter. Eva, who was only 2-years-old at the time, was taken away from her in the concentration camps, never to be seen again. Dora had no idea what had become of Eva, but she persistently searched for her till the very end.

She was taken away at two years old while she lived in the concentration camps where several members of her family perished.

Dora’s 2-year- old was taken from her while several members of her family died in the gas chambers in concentration camps. In spite of this, she never lost hope that Eva was still alive somewhere in the world. She moved to Austria in 1945, where she met her future spouse in a displaced persons camp after being liberated.

She was taken away at two years old while she lived in the concentration camps where several members of her family perished.

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Despite starting a new family, Dora never gave up on Eva

But even after having two more daughters, Dena Morris and Jean Gearhart, with her new husband, Dora never forgot about Eva and has made numerous attempts to contact her over the years. She kept searching for her baby girl because she couldn’t cope with losing her. Eva was always in Dora’s heart, and she made a point to search for her no matter what.

Despite starting a new family, Dora never gave up on Eva

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Dora travelled to orphanages in Germany and begged caretakers to let her walk around to search for her daughter.

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Dora travelled to several orphanages in Germany and begged the caretakers to let her roam around to look for her long-lost daughter. When Dora was unsuccessful in her search, and as she lay dying in 1996, she asked her daughters Dena and Jean to keep searching for Eva in her stead. Morris said that her mother spent her entire life searching for Eva- “She spent her whole life looking for this child.”

Dora travelled to orphanages in Germany and begged caretakers to let her walk around to search for her daughter

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Eva’s sisters kept their promise to their mother and searched through death records at the Red Cross for help only with their sister’s name.

The sisters kept their word and sought assistance from the Red Cross by providing only the name of their sister in their inquiries. They searched through the death records in hopes of finding her name- a name that not even their lost sister might have known. Their search bore no results, and it was only after they agreed to have a DNA test that they found the answer they were looking for.

Eva’s sisters kept their promise to their mother and searched through death records at the Red Cross  for help only with their sister’s name

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