Re: Question about Land Travel in Europe in the 1920's #ukraine

Wendy Freebourne <art@...>

Thank you, Leslie. This post would explain why my great aunt, Rochel
BRENER/INDICH and her husband, Tevel INDICH, living in Pokroy, Lithuania,
obtained German passports in 1918/20. They were emigrating to S Africa. It
gives me an idea of the date they emigrated. Their son had previously
emigrated through Bremen, so I can now look for shipping records >from that

However, this will still not explain why the cemetery records show the name
Indich, but their grave stones bear the name Brener for both of them.

Wendy Freebourne, Bath, UK
Researching: BRENER, INDIKH/INDICH (Pokroy (Pakruojis), Lithuania)


Subject: Question about Land Travel in Europe in the 1920's
From: Leslie Kelman <>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:07:22 -0400
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How much do we know about the details of how our ancestors traveled >from The
Pale to their new destination. I envisage that every trip involved 2
segments; the sea segment and the land segment, because the vast majority of
those emigrating did not live in port cities or towns.

Over the years I have found much useful information regarding sea passenger
lists and shipping records. On the other hand I am having difficulty trying
to understand details about the land segment, apart >from the fact that train
travel played an important role.
I know that my grandfather and 5 children (including my father) travelled
from Zhitomir in late 1923. They went to Riga and there they obtained 3
visas; firstly to travel through Germany, secondly to travel through
Holland, and thirdly to enter the UK. I have some of the travel documents as
well as my father's UK Aliens card all of which help to firmly establish
dates. They left Zhitomir at the beginning of November, 1923; and they
arrived in the UK on December 11, 1923

I have done Google, Bing and Jewish Gen searches but without much luck. Can
anyone help direct me to useful sources and resources about the land segment
of our ancestors travel. I would like to do more research on this subject.

Leslie Kelman, Toronto

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