Another heart wrenching story of family tree research leading to the connection of two long-lost families. During WWII, two brothers named Nahum and Yaakov Korenblum fled Poland during the Nazi invasion. They ended up joining the army and were separated. They both spent the rest of their livest trying to track each other down.
Yaakov ended up in Israel and raised a family there while Nahum settled in Ukraine and the spelling of his last name was changed to Koramblyum. This explains why it was so difficult for the brothers to find each other. Technology and time however refused to let these families remain apart for forever.
In 1958, Yaakov filled out a testimonial page at Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial memorializing his parents. In 2006, Yaakov’s daughter updated the page to include a photograph of her grandparents and including the two brothers. An American grandchild of Nahum found the photograph online and the families were connected once again. While both brothers died in the 1990′s, the family stories and the brothers’ love for each other helped to bring these families together in ways that I’m sure is pleasing them even now.
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