Search for Chaim Levy Rotblatt

Kristina Taylor
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My search for my grandfather Chaim Levy Rotblatt: Kristina started searching for her Jewish grandfather. Luckily he had an unusual name: Chaim Levy Rotblatt, which he changed to Herman Jordan, a fact she only learnt much later.
Six years ago, Kristina entered his details on a Jewish genealogy website [external link] and found his name. She contacted the person who had entered his details, and began a four year correspondence with Howard Rotblatt, even though neither could be certain whether this was the Chaim Rotblatt who would have been her grandfather.
After four years Howard and Kristina decided to undergo a DNA test to confirm their relationship. In August 2010 they discovered that they were first cousins once removed; Howard was the son of Chaim's brother. Howard told her that among her grandfather's possessions was an undated studio photograph of a little girl. On the back in Yiddish it says "My daughter aged 3". Could this possibly be Kristina's mother? Could Chaim have treasured this photograph of his lost daughter all his life, through two world wars and moving between countries and continents?
It's such an incredible story that Kristina decided to write a book, "Tied With An Easy Thread", which has since been published and is available as a paperback and ebook from Amazon.
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