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Free DNA kits for Holocaust survivors

SHOTLIST: RESTRICTION SUMMARY: ASSOCIATED PRESS New York - 29 November 2022 1. Exterior of Center for Jewish History ANNOTATION: Free DNA kits for Holocaust survivors2. Ancestry DNA test kits ANNOTATION: The Center for Jewish History in New York is launching a project offering DNA testing kits for free to Holocaust survivors and their children.3. SOUNDBITE (English) Gavriel Rosenfeld, President of the Center for Jewish History"The DNA reunion project has been long in the making, and it is an effort to provide some degree of consolation and maybe even we could say, justice, for Holocaust survivors who have never been aware of their family roots. ASSOCIATED PRESS London - 22 November 2022 4. Jackie Young, Holocaust Survivor ANNOTATION: Holocaust survivor Jackie Young spent the first few years of his life in a Nazi camp before being taken to England after World War II and adopted.He recently used his DNA test results to construct a family tree. 5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jackie Young, Holocaust Survivor "I really needed to know. I've been wanting to know all my life."++DIP TO WHITE TRANSITION++ 6. SOUNDBITE (English) Jackie Young, Holocaust Survivor "Now that I have a family on the wall, it sort of almost put my mind to rest over it."ASSOCIATED PRESS New York - 29 November 2022 7. Ancestry DNA test kit ASSOCIATED PRESS London - 22 November 2022 8. SOUNDBITE (English) Jackie Young, Holocaust Survivor "If I hadn't known what I do know now, I think I would still felt that my left arm or my right arm wasn't fully formed. Family is everything, it's the major pillar of life in humanity."ASSOCIATED PRESS New York - 29 November 2022 9. SOUNDBITE (English) Lauren Gilbert, Center for Jewish History, Senior Manager for Public Services "It's over 75 years since the end of World War Two. So clearly the survivors who are around today were children, and they're the ones who are more likely to have come through without knowing their family history and without having the documentation. They are hidden children. There are, you know, children who were sent away and they survived with their lives, but not with their histories. And their time is really running out to restore some of that lost history to them."10. Exterior of Center for Jewish History STORYLINE:The Center for Jewish History in New York is launching a project offering DNA testing kits for free to Holocaust survivors and their children. It's an effort to help possibly find family connections torn apart in World War II. Genealogists say the advent of DNA technology has opened up a new world of possibilities in addition to the paper trails and archives. The center had allocated an initial $15,000 for the DNA kits in this initial pilot effort, which would cover about 500 of them. Holocaust survivor Jackie Young of London recently completed a DNA search. For decades, he had been searching. Orphaned as an infant, he spent the first few years of his life in a Nazi camp before being taken to England after World War II and adopted.Young, 80, had some scant information about his birth mother, but about his father? Nothing, just a blank space on a birth certificate.That changed earlier this year when genealogists were able to use a DNA sample to help find a name - and some relatives.Young says he can finally put his mind to rest. "If I hadn't known what I do know now," he said. "I think I would still felt that my left arm or my right arm wasn't fully formed. Family is everything, it's the major pillar of life in humanity."The Center for Jewish History hopes to create more stories like Young's through its new DNA test kit program. AP video shot by Ted Shaffrey===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory.

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