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An author explores a strange and surprising story in a new book about her own heritage growing up as an Orthodox Jew only to find out her lineage was not at all what she was led to believe.
Dani Shapiro, 56, the author of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, always thought Wall Street stockbroker Paul Shapiro, who died in a car accident in 1986, had been her father until she took a DNA test in 2016.
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'It upended my world,' said Shapiro in an interview with the New York Post.
Her mother Irene had once told her she had received fertility help, which Shapiro uncovered happened at the Farris Institute for Parenthood in Philadelphia, long since closed.
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Paul Shapiro's sperm was apparently mixed with an anonymous donation to inseminate Irene in a process called 'confused artificial insemination.'
'It was to protect the presumably fragile ego of the intended father because infertility was seen as a weakness,' Dani Shapiro said. 'The parents were told: 'Don't tell anyone, not even the doctor who delivers your child.''
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Her eventual DNA results would reflect her mother's Jewish heritage, but also a background of French, Irish, English and German origins.
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