Shimon Peres, the 87-year-old President of Israel, comes from Belarus, in eastern Europe.
His immediate family were lucky.
His father emigrated to the then British-controlled protectorate of Palestine in the early 1920s.
The rest of his family stayed in Belarus.
All perished in the Nazi mass-murders in the 1940s.
Virtually everyone of Jewish ethnicity has a similar family history to Shimon [...]