Re: immigration to Cuba #general #latinamerica


je_sternberg@...
 

I am looking for how my grandfather, Abraham 'Avram' Rapaport, got from Europe to Cuba in 1939. Are you willing to share the manifests you have for ships leaving Europe to Cuba in May 1939? Or can you guide me where I can find out this information?
My grandfather was from Vienna, interned at Dachau shortly after Krystal Nacht 1938, released the end of Jan 1939 with the requirement that he get out of Europe. He was sick and emaciated so had to recover for a few months. I think he left sometime in May because that's when his wife left for New York. I also think he left from a French port only because he had a very good friend in France who arranged passage for the whole family to leave from a French port. He made it to Cuba with an official US Visa and family stories say that it was on one of the ships that left off some passengers in Havana but returned the rest back to Europe. He was in Cuba ~2 years and entered the USA May 30, 1941. It sounds like the SS Saint Louis story but that's the only manifest I have from USHMM and his name is not on it.
Thanks so much;
Judith Sternberg

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