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130 Immigrants Take Citizenship Oath In Chicago

Adam Paluch (center) sits with his sister Ida Kersz, at a citizenship ceremony. Paluch, 73, a Holocaust survivor, became a U.S. citizen on Jan. 28, 2013. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM)

Adam Paluch (center) sits with his sister Ida Kersz, at a citizenship ceremony. Paluch, 73, a Holocaust survivor, became a U.S. citizen on Jan. 28, 2013. (Credit: Steve Miller/WBBM)

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CHICAGO (CBS) – More than 130 people – from 47 countries – became new citizens this afternoon in downtown Chicago.

The spotlight was on a Mundelein man, and his twin sister. They are 73 years old.

When they were 3 years old, Adam Paluch and his sister Ida Kersz were separated by the Holocaust. They remained separated until 1995, when Ida found her brother in Europe.

After World War II, he had been taken in by a family.

“I was raised in a Polish family and they called me a Jew. And I started to look for my roots. And this took me 46 years,” he said.

His sister is the one who found him.

“I have the memory,” Kersz said.

“I didn’t know that I had a sister,” Paluch said.

Today – with his sister by his side – Paluch became a citizen.