I firmly do believe that mistakes WERE made at Ellis Island. My father
came to this country >from Lithuania in 1905 at the age of 15. He told me
that he told the immigration official that his name is Yankel Samuels. That, of course, is the diminutive of "Ya'akov" or Jacob. He was told that his American name would be Joseph, and Joseph he became.
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