Class seeks suspected Nazi who aided Jewish family

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Associated Press

Posted on April 5, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Updated Saturday, Apr 5 at 1:04 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Students at a Connecticut university are working on a daunting assignment: Who was the suspected Nazi who protected a Jewish family 75 years ago from violence and warned them to flee Austria just before World War II broke out?

The University of New Haven students just have a first name, Alois (AL-oyz), and a few other clues. They are scouring records and conducting interviews and may visit Austria to unravel the mystery for the elderly survivors who want to honor their savior.

Ilie Wacs (ee-LEE' waks) and his sister, Deborah Strobin, recount their family's ordeal in their book, "An Uncommon Journey."

Alois worked in their father's tailor shop in Vienna. He kept them safe during a wave of attacks on Jews, helped them with visas and warned them when to leave.

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