BEACHWOOD, Ohio – The letter brought a bittersweet end to Sol Factorâ€™s 17-year search for his mother, a Holocaust survivor who disappeared in the aftermath of World War II:â€We regret to inform you that we located the above mentioned person, but she would not like to be contacted by the inquirer,â€ reads the message from Magen David Adom, the Israeli counterpart of the American Red Cross
Factor, who had found clues to his past with the help of the Red Cross and a vast archive of Nazi records, knows only that his mother, now 83 years old, is living in Israel.
â€œOf course Iâ€™m disappointed because one likes searches like this to end with happy reunions,â€ he said in an interview in his home in this Cleveland suburb.
â€œThereâ€™s a sense of actual relief too, because now some of the mystery has been solved,â€ he said.
Factor, 60, was born Meier Pollak in Munich, Germany, in 1946 to Romanian-born Rosa Pollak, also spelled Polak. He has found documents showing that Rosa Pollak and her newborn son were discharged from a maternity hospital on July 9, 1946, and soon after went to a United Nations-sponsored hospital for refugees in Munich. Within days they became separated.
Factor was adopted in 1950 by an American couple in Belmont, Mass., and began looking for his biological mother in earnest in 1990.
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