Janina Hochland publishes her debut book - at the age of 88

By Candice Krieger, April 7, 2011

Grandmother-of-five Janina Hochland has been researching her family tree for more than 20 years.

Now, aged 88, she has decided to share her findings in her debut book. Titled The Kemblinski Saga, it traces six generations of her family, spread across three continents.

Mrs Hochland, who lives in Didsbury, Manchester, was born in Poland in 1923. She then moved to Romania and after the war, Israel. She tells People: "I had been living in Romania and never met my Polish relatives. Throughout my childhood and adolescence we were always four: my parents, my sister and I. My father corresponded with his family in Poland and after the war he got in touch with the Red Cross to find out if they hadsurvived. He wrote back but got no reply.

"Many years later, living in England, I wondered what had happened to our family. I decided to go to Poland to see the place I was born at and try to find any survivors. I found some, and was directed to others living in France and US. I travelled to meet them and decided to put it on paper to let others read it."

A member of South Manchester Synagoue, she started researching her family history in 1987, attending a group in London, which later became the Jewish Genealogical Society of Great Britain (JGSGB). She also helped set up the JGSGB's northern division.

She says she will now continue to research her mother's family, which she started but then stopped when discovering her father's relatives.

Mrs Hochland lives independently and still enjoys traveling, mainly to Israel, America and France to meet family and friends. What's her secret to still being so active at 88? "Age is not an impediment to travel, it is rather an attitude to life."

Last updated: 12:02pm, April 7 2011