For my entire life I believed I was of 100% Italian heritage; typical Neopolitan roots from grandparents who came in the 'big wave' of Italian immigrants in 1900-1910. I've traveled to Italy and am a member of a geneology group that unites descendants of one tiny mountain town in southern Italy. OK, so then I send away for the Ancestry DNA kit, and I get my results. 49% European Jewish - Northern (Ashkenazi) 36% Italian, 12% misc other (Caucasus, E. Europe) After a few seconds of catching my breath, it all became so perfectly clear. I was the love child of my mother and her boss in the 1950's -- a man she revered and loyally worked for until his sudden death. I always suspected...now I know. He was a German Jew. I know this doesn't technically make me Jewish, but I still want to honor and learn more about this whole new half of my identity. Suggestions? Readings? Online resources? So many things make sense now....I am very very glad that I finally found this out.
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