Re: Buying false papers

Clifford S. Goldfarb

My father, aged 18, arrived in Antwerp from Poland in 1920 with a boat ticket from his sister in Toronto, but no papers. He was told to go to Brussels. In Brussels he was told to go to the Ukrainian charge d’affaires. Having no money, he found a number of people also looking for papers, offered to provide them for a fee, and raised enough to buy papers for himself. He got a “laisser passez” good for one trip to Canada, showing him as a 20 year old from Berezhany, Ukraine — a short distance from Dalesczye (Kielce), where he was from. I still have it.

Cliff Goldfarb

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