Re: False Surnames #belarus

Dave Lewak <dlewak@...>

With regards to the question about false papers:

My grandfather was born in Balta, in what was then Russia,
but near the border to what was then Bessarabia, and near
Romania. In 1921, after the Bolshevik revolution, he and
his mother were smuggled out of Russia to Romania. They
found that they could not get not get an American Visa to
enter the USA with their Russian passport, since at that time
US did not recognize the Bolshevik government as legitimate.
They were able to obtain a Romanian passport by paying off
a political figure, and with that obtained an American Visa.

I learned through reading a small autobiography my grandfather
left behind. When I looked up my great-grandmother's passenger
ship list record recently, I found that it lists her home as
Galatz, Romania, which is where she bought her passport.

Were it not for the autobiography, I might have found the shiplist
record and assumed that Galatz was the family's town of orgin!!

Dave Lewak
Berkeley, Ca, USA

Belarus: LEWAK (LEVAK?), DWINSKI, GOLDBERG, KIER (>from Drogichin);
TOBERMAN (>from Balta, and maybe Odessa);
Galicia: WINZELBERG, WERTHEIM (>from Chekhoif?);
Lithuania: LIEBERMAN (>from Balbieriska)

Jack R. Braverman wrote:
Carol K. Cohn's recent mention of a relative who arrived in the
U.S. under an alias, yet never spoke of it again, suggested a
research trick which may be of value to those who can't quite
find the passenger list for the arrival of a relative--even when
there seems to be other evidence pointing to such an arrival.

Ms. Cohn referred to a Certificate of Arrival that helped her
realize that an alias surname had been used.

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