Belarus SIG #Belarus Escaping #belarus


Carlos Glikson
 

Jerry Bernstein told at one point in his family history: "Family oral
history has it that they snuck over the border overnight and ran away
through a forest. "

My mother Luba ALPEROVICH was a baby in 1922/3 when the family escaped
throught the forest crossing the border away >from Russia - today's Ukraine -
to Poland. Only after a hazardous 6 day train trip across Ukraine to the
West >from Kremenchug could they reach the border, with an uncle
impersonating an officer in the Army, and the family carrying false papers
telling about attending a fake family marriage nearby.

Part of my family joined a group with a local guide that was crossing the
border in the night, on foot, across the woods. My mother - a baby in my
grandmother's arms - cried once. The guide whispered to my grandmother she'd
better quiet the baby - if she cried again she would have to be
"definitively silenced": she was placing the full adult group at risk.

A great aunt and two aunts crossed in another group. Their guide stopped
near the border and said things were riskier than he thought, the fee was
too cheap, changed the fee, and stole all the money and jewels they had
saved for the escape.

These aunts were then captured and imprisoned by the Poles in Sarno, and
held prisoners in barracks in bad conditions for a year. According to my
aunt´s memories, on the day they were being queued to be deported back, a
telegram arrived. It announced money >from South America was expecting at a
bank in Hamburg for them to continue their trip to Argentina, and they were
spared.

I was reminded by Jerry about the depth of the diverse family histories that
may hide behind the brief "sneaking over the border overnight and running
away"!

Carlos GLIKSON
Buenos Aires, Argentina
e-Mail cglikson@iname.com

Searching for

GLIKSON, GLICKSON, GLUCKSOHN, GLUECKSOHN (Suwalki, Marijampole, Augustow,
Sejny,Sopotkin,Koenigsberg)
ALPEROVICH, ALPEROWICZ (Kremenchug, Vilnius)
POKROISKY, POKROJSKI, POKROY (Suwalki, Seirijai)
HOLLANDERSKY, HOLLENDERSKI, HOLLANDER (Suwalki, Seirijai, Lomza)
TARNOPOLSKY, TARNOPOL (Kremenchug, Kharkov)
FELCHINSKY (Kremenchug, Vilnius), KARP (Grodno), GOLUMBIEWSKY, GOLOMB (?),
KRASNAPOLSKY (?)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Jerry (Gerald B.) Bernstein" <jbernste@home.com>
To: "Belarus SIG" <belarus@lyris.jewishgen.org>
Sent: Tuesday, January 30, 2001 9:04 PM
Subject: [belarus] Re: Drafted into the Imperial Russian Army


... My interpretation is that the family had earlier connections in the
Minsk/Radoshkovitz/Molchad/Slonim/Grodna area, but moved south to
Kishinev. I believe this move to Kishinev was part of a family plan
with the explicit aim of emigrating.
... Family oral history has it that they snuck over the border overnight
and ran away through a forest. They made their way to New York via
Rotterdam on a ship called the Nordham.

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