Wednesday, October 24, 2007

While waiting for the supermarket to open this morning I had coffee in a cafe. I read an interesting article in today's Yedioth Aharonoth newspaper. According to the article, a Jewish-Austrian woman, watching television on the day when the Nobel prize for Medicine was announced, recognized prof. Mario R. Capecchi as her brother, from whom she was separated during the war when their mother was deported to Dachau. The mother survived and found her son again, with whom she emigrated to the US after she had been unable to trace her daughter. The daughter was adopted by a family that later moved to Austria, today she lives in a home for the needy and the elderly. I am not sure if the story is true, professor Capecchi does not appear ( yet ) on the list of Jewish Nobel Prize winners, although the three winners of this year's prize for economics are already included on that list.

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