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Seeking Kin: Website aims to help reunite long-lost friends and relatives with the help of photos taken around time of the Holocaust.
Stare at the boy’s picture and be utterly charmed by that winning smirk. What a handsome child he is, so nattily dressed in a pinstriped suit, striking a perfect bar mitzvah portrait pose. Such dark eyes, such perfectly combed straight-back locks. His thumb tilts against his chest as he holds a rectangle with hand-painted white letters proclaiming his name: Natan Rolnik.
Here’s Chaim Swinik. What an endearing, pursed smile. And that pointy, triangular hat askew atop his head — he must have just left a birthday party, lucky kid. Or maybe Chaim, who seems about five years old, has been playing Robin Hood with his chums. This boy is a photographer’s dream, exhibiting pride in self down to the fingertips, pressing life into the large paper that identifies him….