Lithuania SIG #Lithuania Reverse immigration #lithuania


Judith Singer
 

Thank you everyone for your helpful responses. Oddly, I just read
again yesterday that the proportion of Jewish immigrants who returned
to Russia was "almost zero" - and now I have realized, with your help,
that that might have been true, but the key word here is "Russia".
Before World War I, of course, Lithuania was part of the Russian
Empire, but after the war, it was an independent country. Its new
constitution guaranteed full rights to the Jews and although that was
not always the practice, at least the oppressive laws of the Russian
Empire no longer existed. The Jew could once again regard Lithuania as
their homeland and apparently many did return. The situation
gradually deteriorated and there was another significant wave of
emigration in the 1930s.

One of the people who wrote to me directly and not to litvaksig was
aware of Jews who traveled to the U.S. under false passports and
raised the question of whether these immigrants disclosed their actual
identity in their naturalization papers. I can tell you that in my
family, this was not the case. Five sons and a daughter of my
great-grandfather immigrated here around the turn of the last century,
most of them legally, but the one who had to use someone else's
passport retained the very different name on the passport for the rest
of his long life

Judith Singer

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