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    ‘Lost Cousin’ Exposed as Imposter

    The "cousin" who told the Chanowitz family that their sister didn't perish in the Holocaust is a fraud, Ami Magazine exposes. Full Story

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    Wow
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    Wow

    That is crazy…..

    probably works for the geneology website
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    probably works for the geneology website

    He is probably employed by the genealogy website, proving its efficacy, and thus boosting its ratings.

    Just a hypothesis…

    How sad
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    How sad

    May Moshiach come immediately and heal all the mentally ill people!

    L K
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    L K

    probably figures there was money to be had

    family member
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    family member

    we still do not know conclusively that what he said about our family is not true. Perhaps Ami magazine should have done more research The other family mentioned in Ami Magazine is convinced that he was not truthful about the story that he gave them I imagine that he did grow up in Russia and did have a mother. His (step) mother may have been Asna Mera but it may not have been I would be inclined to believe him even though we still have unanswered questions. The problem is that when someone tells a story that did not happen,… Read more »

    Great work Ami
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    Great work Ami

    I am so impressed with the magazine. The writing is exceptional. The work is so meaningful. Ami helped not only two families but possibly others who could be vulnerable. Well done. Very well done.

    Question
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    Question

    Wouldn’t it be easy to investigate him a little more and see what his name and background really is?

    an article at length in the yiddish satmar newspaper 'Der Blat'
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    an article at length in the yiddish satmar newspaper 'Der Blat'
    inside info
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    inside info

    FOR THE RECORD!

    When this problem became known to me, I contacted my sources in our Chabad Brotherhood. I let them know what the problem was and asked to verify if he exists? This morning I got proven reports that he is certifiable and people should not have contact with him. I pity this fellow. We in the Chanowitz family are moving on! That said; I would have liked the story to be true, it is everyone’s fantasy who’s family lost members in the Holocaust. To be continued, have a Great Shabbos.

    Bentzion Ben Reb Yisroel Chanowitz

    Probably this guy collected info from the people that still lives in Russia
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    Probably this guy collected info from the people that still lives in Russia

    They must open a felony case in Israel ….no one can speculate on the memories…..
    All holocaust stories are almost the same , all Jewry life in the Russia was the same ….

    Scientific evidence
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    Scientific evidence

    Easy enough these days to get DNA samples to see if there is a familial match.

    Great job
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    Great job

    Thanks collive and thanks ami for publicizing the fraud. You are both wonderful news sources.

    this just proves
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    this just proves

    we tend to believe and fall hook line and sinker for anything that is in print.
    and for sure if it is on the web!?
    Yidden, the only “emes” is the Torah!!

    @ #2
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    @ #2

    Cool hypothesis You never know nowadays!

    proof
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    proof

    Can the man tell them the location of his two mothers’ graves?

    Makes it even harder ...
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    Makes it even harder ...

    … When I try to make contact with newly-found cousins, this kind of fraud makes them even more unlikely to believe me. How can I prove I’m legit?

    Genealogy websites
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    Genealogy websites

    Be VERY wary of them. My grandfather was contacted by a con artist asking for 5k to help Someone who posed as me, his grandson. Be very careful

    reflection of the times
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    reflection of the times

    This is a reflection of this generation. We do not know who are our ‘cousins’ and who are not. It is getting more confusing to know who is really Jewish and who is not – with people believing that improper conversions are perfectly okay and people are our ‘cousins; (Jewish) when they are not. We should be reunited with all our real cousins past and present with Moshiach now!

    in the name of a number of Chanowitz family members, I would like to clarify a few points:
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    in the name of a number of Chanowitz family members, I would like to clarify a few points:

    1. Sholom Ber/ Shlomo Yutel was a perfect gentleman. He was refined, kind, respectful and caring in all ways. Furthermore, though he was offered free tickets, money and presents, he refused them all and returned everything. He would not hear of anybody paying for his ticket. 2. We do not feel that he was malicious at all! He may have been confused, but in his mind he was doing something good. 3. He revealed to us some family history information that we never knew. All of our research into family trees never produced some of the details that he provided.… Read more »

    im confused
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    im confused

    @ #19
    Stockholm syndrome? either he is legit or a fake, but he cannot be a “mentchlich” fake

    question - did she survive the war?
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    question - did she survive the war?

    This must be heartbreaking for the families. So sorry

    Had a question: so is everything you learned about Asna Mera true or not? Did she survive the war and escaped to the forests and survived there or is it all not true?

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