Woman raised as an orthodox Jew learns that her father is a stranger after fertility doctors mix samples
Blonde woman who is stuck out of her orthodox Jewish community like a painful thumb, learns that her real father is a STRANGER after fertility doctors mixed two sperm samples in the sixties to spare infertile daddy blushes
- Writer Dani Shapiro, 56, tells in a new memoir about the DNA test that led to the shocking discovery that her father was not biologically her father
- Shapiro, raised in an orthodox Jewish family, discovered that almost half of her DNA results came from French, Irish, English and German descent
- Her parents had gone to a fertility specialist in Philadelphia, where they apparently mixed donors in a practice called & confused artificial insemination & # 39;
Michael Nam for Dailymail.com
An author examines a strange and surprising story in a new book about her own heritage that grew up as an orthodox Jew to find out that her lineage was not at all what she was being told.
Dani Shapiro, 56, the author of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity and Love, always thought that Wall Street broker Paul Shapiro, who had died in a car accident in 1986, had been her father until she became a DNA company in 2016 did test.
It has turned my world upside down & # 39 ;, said Shapiro in an interview with the New York Post.
Her mother, Irene, had once told her that she had received fertility aid, which Shapiro discovered at the Farris Institute for Parenthood in Philadelphia, which had been closed for a long time.
The sperm of Paul Shapiro was apparently mixed with an anonymous donation to inseminate Irene in a process that confused artificial insemination & # 39; is called.
& # 39; It was to protect the supposedly fragile ego of the intended father, because infertility was seen as a weakness & # 39 ;, said Dani Shapiro. & # 39; The parents were told: do not tell anyone, not even the doctor who frees your child. & # 39;
Dani Shapiro, left, consummate writer of novels and memoirs, tells the story of finding her genetic lineage in her new book
Paul Shapiro with the young Dani Shapiro, here to see, was a stock broker in Wall Street and the only father Dani knew until they happened to do a commercial DNA test in 2016
Her final DNA results would reflect her mother's Jewish heritage, but also a background of French, Irish, English and German origin.
Dani Shapiro says she "stuck out like a sore thumb." in her community of mainly East European Ashkenazi Jews, and was once seized by Rae Kushner, survivor of the Holocaust who eventually became the grandmother of Jared Kushner.
We could have used you in the ghetto, little blondie, & # 39; Kushner then told her. & # 39; You could have gotten our bread from the Nazis. & # 39;
Shapiro did not know what to make of her striking physical differences until she was tested with Ancestry.com after the death of her mother and further investigated her own history.
Dani Shapiro, seen here with Paul Shapiro, knew that she was physically out of place among the mostly Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews where she grew around
While Shapiro eventually visited and found her biological father and family, she still regards Paul Shapiro as her real father
With the help of her husband, Shapiro would eventually track down the man who was her biological father. The father of three had donated sperm at the Farris Institute in 1961, when he was a medical student.
Since then they met in October 2016 and they have been brought into contact with each other and maintain a relationship.
Throughout the experience, Shapiro still believes that Paul Shapiro was her real father, but she is still concerned about the fact that these secrets could have been buried without modern technology and the fact that her parents are no longer here to say anything.
& # 39; The kits hung in the kitchen for weeks until we finally opened them & # 39 ;, she told us about the DNA tests. & # 39; It was all that casual. & # 39;