Family mystery, family myth

Saint Bartholomew Church, Konin, Poland (© Wikicommons/Jan Melich)

This is Jonathan Groubert’s story, but it could be yours too. It goes like this: his grandfather, Isaac, and all his family were from a small city in northwestern Poland called Konin. In 1905, they emigrated, no, escaped Polish anti-Semitism, grinding poverty and vicious persecution to a glorious new life of freedom and complete tolerance in America in 1906. It seems this was all a lie. In “Family Mystery, Family Myth”, Jonathan Groubert travels from the Netherlands to the US, England and Poland in search of the truth behind his family’s emigration.

Producer: Jonathan Groubert

Broadcast: March 21, 2006