I found your email very intriguing. My grandfather was >from Baranovichi
(very close to Nowogrudok). He had made Aliyah in 1922. His family in
Baranovichi, i.e. his parents, brothers/their wives and children all tried
to obtain visas in the late 1930's - but to go to British Palestine. My
grandfather actually succeeded in obtaining visas for all of them to
immigrate to British Palestine. But they could not get visas to emigrate
from Poland.They went repeatedly to the government offices in Warsaw. They would come
away with a visa for one of the young boys but not for the rest of his
family. If he didn't use it immediately, it would be rescinded. Then a visa
was issued for my great-grandmother, but not for my great-grandfather, etc.
etc.. This happened repeatedly until they gave up, and it was too late.
None of them wanted to go by themselves and leave the rest of the family
behind. They were also all murdered in Baranovichi in 1941-1942. So it's
possible, that the refusals for your family were >from the Polish side.
I don't know if you have considered that, so I thought I would mention it.
Lakewood, Colorado, USA
----- Original Message -----
From: "Jim Bennett" <email@example.com>
To: "JRI-Poland" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sunday, October 24, 2010 12:19:36 AM
Subject: [jri-pl] FW: Holocaust Era Immigration Files
In the 1937-41 period my wife Myrna's uncles, aunts and their children
were living in Nowogrudok, eastern Poland. They had well-established
siblings in San Francisco willing to sponsor their immigration to America.
Applications were made >from the American side and probably at the U.S.
Consulate in Warsaw [or Bialystok?]. A March 1939 letter >from them to
the American relatives included a detailed list of names and birthdates
of eleven family members.
Only one family member was granted immigration rights, a 25 year old
bachelor. All the others were murdered in Nowogrudok in 1942-3.
Our questions are:
Where in the National Archives [?] are all of these application files,
both >from the Immigration and Naturalization Department and >from the
consulates in Poland? Are they easily accessible under FOIA? What's
the procedure for obtaining them?
Jim and Myrna Bennett
MODERATOR'S NOTE: Although Nowogrudok is today in Belarus, it was
part of Interwar Poland.