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Twins Apart

Tzippy Yarom

Jack Yufe and Oskar Stohr were born identical twins, yet one brother was raised as a Jew, the other a member of Hitler Youth. Years later they finally met and became one of the world’s most famous pair of researched twins — separated in infancy and raised in diametrically opposed environments, yet possessing uncanny similarities in both mood and manner.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It could have been a plot for a blockbuster film: Identical twins separated after birth — one growing up as a Nazi, the other raised as a Jew. Yet the true story of Jack Yufe and his twin brother Oskar Stohr was not just about the radically different worlds in which they grew up, but about their similarities in nature despite the incongruence in nurture. During their first meeting, when the twins were 21, they discovered they looked alike, dressed alike, walked alike, loved the same spicy foods, and had the same hot temper, fiercely competitive nature, and various quirks. “They were a great example of how twins, no matter where each grows up, are in fact very much alike,” Professor Nancy Segal, who studied the brothers in the 1980s as part of a 20-year research project on separated twins, told Mishpacha. Yufe passed away November 2015 at age 82, generating a renewed interest in one of the world’s most unusual cases of separated twins.


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