Belarus SIG #Belarus Re: World War I Travel #belarus


adam.katzeff@...
 

Dear all,

Adar Belinkoff wrote:

I have just discovered immigration records for a cousin who immigrated in
1916. As an 11 year old, he traveled with another 11 year old and the
latter's mother, >from Mogilev, Russia (now Belarus) to Oslo, Norway, and
then by ship to New York. My question is how they got out of a Russia at
war, and how they got >from Mogilev to Oslo? The normal immigration route
across the German border to Hamburg or Bremen was obviously closed. Does
anyone know of information about travel during WWI?
This got me interested and I checked the Ellis Island database. In 1916
there arrived 211 Jews in New York City who had sailed out of Oslo
(Christiania), Norway. Of these 211 Jews 67 listed there place of original
as Mogilev!

Three of these Mogilev Jews arrived November 27 (the family Adar Belinkoff
refers to). On December 1 another 6 Jews >from Mogilev arrived and finally
the rest arrived December 21. All this seems like a 'mass' emigration >from
Mogilev to the US via Oslo in November and December 1916. There must be some
explanation to it, I just wonder what.

Generally I know that there were a lot of Jews who emigrated out of Russia
to the Scandinavian countries just before WW1 and then were trapped in
Scandinavia for some years before they could continue their trip to other
countries (mainly the US). On their passenger records they often list their
hometown in the Russian empire as place of origin, rather than the place in
Scandinavia where they have lived for some years. I don't know if this is
the history of these Mogilev Jews sailing out of Oslo in 1916, but maybe
some people who are descended >from the these family might know something
more about it. The surnames appearing among the passengers are the following
(without corrections in relationship to what is listed in the Ellis Island
database):

ARONOVA
PESAKOFF
PEZNIR
RUDOJA
SAPIR
SCHIFRIN
SCHOFANLINE
SORKIN
SPIVAKOFF
BINER
BSKER
GOLDSTEIN
GRINER
GUREWITZ
GUSSAK
KAGAN
KONI
LAPIDUS
LEWIN
MALKEER
MAZIN
ORLOW
PESAKOFF
PEZNIR
RUDOJA
SAPIR
SCHIFRIN
SCHOFANLINE
SORKIN
SPIVAKOFF

If someone is interested, I can send a text document with full names, ages
and date of immigration.

Best regards,

Adam Katzeff
Malmö, Sweden

adam.katzeff@tele2.se

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