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Do your family secrets define you?

Would a revelation about your ancestors change your future?


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Mary Elizabeth Williams
January 3, 2019 10:00PM (UTC)

Salon introduces our Question of the Day, where we invite you to lead the conversation.

While researching her family history, writer Silvia Foti made a shocking discovery — her grandfather was a Nazi collaborator whose actions helped lead to the deaths of likely thousands of Lithuanian Jews.

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Foti's revelation was unique, but the advent of DNA testing and genealogy sites has led to some alarming shakeups in families. Have you shaken a skeleton out of your closet? And does it change your view of yourself when you learn something ignoble about your ancestors?


Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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