Re: Why would my Grandfather travel under his older brother's name? #names


One might think one could resolve these questions if one could only ask the grandparent, but no.  I was already researching in the 70s and had my grandmother’s 1913 ship manifest while she was still alive. Her Jewish name was Sosha Riva. But on the ship manifest she was listed as Reise. I asked her why and she was embarrassed and said she had thought it would be a nicer name for America. Now much later I’ve realized that it was probably her older sister Rose’s Jewish name. Rose had already come to the US by the time my grandmother came. Too late to get to the bottom of this now. 

Susan Slusky

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