in 2011 launched "Seeking Kin," his now-thrice-monthly column on people searching for long-lost relatives and friends. Hillel also writes regularly for the N.Y. Times, where his features often tackle the nexus of sports and history. Hillel served for 6 1/2 years as The Jerusalem Post's Washington bureau chief. He has earned national awards for his feature stories on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and on NBA player Omri Casspi.
January 3, 2013 3:47pm
A one-time tutor of Sara Kucikowicz is looking for the sister of the teenage poet who perished in the Holocaust so he can hand over a photo from 1939.
December 30, 2012 9:01pm
Ruth Marcus, a retired statistician living in Israel, has determined what became of all but three students in a photo of the first graduating class at Grodno’s Tarbut Gymnasium that included her late father — and the search goes on.
December 20, 2012 9:53pm
An Israeli man searches for the woman who saved his grandmother’s life at Auschwitz.
December 13, 2012 10:33pm
Hanna Nisman never dreamt she had Christian relatives. Lynne Hoe wasn’t sure she had Jewish ones. But Nisman, an Israeli, and Hoe, of Tulsa, Okla., are second cousins who were alerted to each other’s existence by “Seeking Kin.”
November 19, 2012 2:31pm
As the 60th anniversary of her Geulah Elementary School draws near, Toronto’s Ora Bogomolny is finally arranging the reunion she thought about for years.
November 11, 2012 9:05pm
In a bit of serendipity unwittingly facilitated by this column, a woman in Australia finds her cousin who had returned there from living many years in Israel — opening the way to a reunion with more relatives.
October 31, 2012 6:26pm
A 79-year-old Israeli former paratrooper searches for the woman he helped when she was a young girl during the Six-Day War.
October 24, 2012 7:51pm
The story of the Monuments Men, who rescued looted Nazi artworks, finally is getting its due.
October 21, 2012 2:34pm
A kibbutz memorial ceremony for a fallen soldier leads to the reuniting of relatives in the United States and Israel.
October 3, 2012 10:01pm
A chance discovery of a long ago third-grader’s notebooks unites two women with unknown bonds.