Re: interim residences before leaving for the US, etc. #general


Michelle Frager <lulu_brooks@...>
 

Dear Evan Fishman et al:

In my family and research experience, people didn't necessarily go
directly >from the shtetl to the boat without a break in the journey,
sometimes of months. Reasons often included the need for additional
funds, temporary or mild illness, or the need for further travel
arrangements to the sailing point.

People stayed with relatives or other connections -- my father and
aunt lived with an aunt in Romania for two or three months on their
way to German ports, where they lived in Germany for several weeks
and claimed to be residents of Budapest, not Podolian. A great uncle
stayed a while in London, so his US arrival manifest could lead
someone to think him a resident Brit, unless they looked closely.

Lots of people stayed in the emigrant settlements built by the
shipping interests, Hamburg, I believe being the major example of
this. You can read and see photos of this at the Hamburg lists site.

And if they were fearful and could manage the deception, some simply
lied about their hometown in fear of being found by authorities -- in
many cases they were essentially the illegal immigrants of the era.


Michelle Frager NY area
http://www.shtetlinks.jewishgen.org/snitkov/ShtetLinksSnitkov_Index.htm
= TREIGER (FRAGER) SIROTA ZEKTSER SIBELBERG (sic) BRONSHTEIN in
Ukraine, Bessarabia, Romania
= FRAKT WOLFSON LIFSCHITZ KLAVIR in Belarus, Lithuania



--- Evan Fishman <ebf2001@...> wrote:> ---
9/1/04

Genners,

Thanks to all who responded to my query about the correct
transcription of a town listed on a manifest.... <snip> since it is
over 100 miles >from Starokonstantinov (Ukraine), the place I've
heretofore believed to be my ancestral home town, I wonder if many
Jews took up residence briefly in locations other than their actual
shtetlach of origin before departing for the US or other
countries.<snip>...

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