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.
November 3, 2011 3:29pm
The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum is attempting to identify and fill in the biographical gaps of 1,186 children photographed in displaced persons’ camps and orphanages after World War II.
October 17, 2011 3:53pm
After fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Joshua Knobel figured out that what he really wanted was to be a rabbi.
October 6, 2011 9:59pm
On an October day in 1944, about 50 Jewish prisoners at Auschwitz-Birkenau were pulled away from the gas chamber and sent to work. More than six decades later, one of those survivors is looking to reunite with others saved that day.
September 21, 2011 2:46am
JTA’s new column, “Seeking Kin,” aims to help reunite long-lost friends and relatives. BALTIMORE (JTA) — On a chilly, late-summer night in 1943, approximately 200 Armenian mercenaries wearing stolen German Army uniforms attacked a German base in the Nazi-occupied Ukrainian-Polish region of the Carpathian Mountains. The fighters seized what ammunition they could and set the…
September 15, 2011 4:51pm
JTA’s Archive Blog will be hosting the new “Seeking Kin” column that aims to help reunite readers with long-lost friends and relatives. Tchiya Rosenthal’s mother Tova, shown here in the 1930s shortly before she met Yosef Fulman. Even at age 10, Tchiya Rosenthal sensed a secret. The woman she knew as Aunt Lily frequently visited…
September 1, 2011 8:16pm
In his new column “Seeking Kin,” genealogy enthusiast Hillel Kuttler tells the story of an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor living in Israel who is searching for the descendants of an uncle who immigrated to Philadelphia before World War II.
Dramatic progress in in-vitro detection spurs new push for Ashkenazi Jews to do genetic disease testAugust 24, 2011 8:54pm
Today tests are available for 19 Jewish genetic diseases, up from 11 just two years ago. Among the new conditions subject to in-vitro detection: familial dysautonomia, cystic fibrosis, Gaucher disease, Canavan disease and Niemann-Pick disease.
July 6, 2010 12:59am
The small American Jewish organization EMET and its president were out front in the campaign to stop the deportation of Mosab Hasan Yousef, the son of a Hamas co-founder who had gone undercover to help Israel’s Shin Bet prevent terror attacks.
August 7, 2009 10:10pm
The advent of online databases and news technologies is transforming genealogy research, making it easier and more popular.