My ggparents and their 8 youngest children left the town of Puchovichi, Russia in either late 1913 or early 1914 on a journey to Brazil where they had been offered land and an opportunity to settle.( Puchovichi was about 35 mi. SE of Minsk.) One of my great uncles made a recording of his memories of this journey. He was around 8 yrs of age at the time and in his 80's when he recorded this. He did not record the names of the port or the ship they traveled on. I believe there were other villagers on the same voyage, possibly even relatives as he said an agent came to the town and told the Jewish people that there was an organization that wanted to make a Jewish settlement there and they would have free land and a home,etc. (Possibly this was one of the Baron Hirsh farming settlements?)
I believe they left from either Hamburg or Bremen (as they returned to Hamburg from Brazil several months later and again I have no records of this passage.)
My Great Uncle said they left Russia during a blizzard and took a train to Germany. He said his father had a passport. He said it was a steerage boat, not a passenger boat, if that helps narrow the possibilities. He said the boat made several stops at various ports and took cargo on and off, plus people from various countries came onto the boat. He remembers one port where many Italian people came onboard. He said they arrived at Ameriga? (not sure if this spelling or name place is correct) and then they got on a train for possibly 2 days until they arrived at (Lubinengo?) In english it was called Flower Island? From there they took a train again and finally arrived at their destination. It was rainy season in Brazil, the baby sister died and they had to bury her in a cemetery far away from the holding area they were living in. My ggfather then went to the area where the settlement was to be built. At this point the immigrants could decide to return to Germany if they did not find this to be suitable for them and that is when my ggfather decided to return to Germany.
I do know they arrived in Hamburg because they then left Hamburg on April 18, 1914 on the S/S President Grant and arrived in NY on April 30, 1914.
If anyone has any ideas about where any of these records might be found, please respond. I do not know how the family name was spelled in Russia.
As with most names I have seen it spelled many ways from the Ellis Island manifests. My ggfather had been to the USA twice before bringing his older boys to the USA, including my grandfather and returning to Russia afterwards. There were 3 of them already in the USA when he finally brought over the rest of his family. Here are various spellings of our family name: Zlodnik, Zlotnick, Slotnik, Slotnick, Slatnick. My ggfather was Judel, Jude and my ggmother was Tania, Toni, Tone.
Thank you for your assistance.
Myrna (Slatnick) Waters
Researching: SLEPACK (or similar)Belarus/Bialystok area; SLATNICK/SLOTNIK (or similar) Minsk/Puchovichi area of Russia; KURZMANN JasLo, Poland and Drohobych, Ukraine area (both formerly in what was the Galician area of Austria prior to WWI), KURTZMAN in NY/Bronx and NJ/Newark from 1914, SADOWSKY (or similar) from Belarus area of Russia/Bialystok area 19th century to Newark,NJ 1905 or after.