Re: How they traveled #usa #romania #russia

Michele Lock

I’m responding to a couple of posts above –


The Fusgeyers – There was an article written on the Jewish Telegraphic website back in 2005, that says the these travelers walked across Romania, rather than walking clear across Europe. They were stopped at the Austro-Hungarian border. They were able to proceed by train and then by ship because Jewish communities in Austria, Hungary and Germany paid for their tickets, apparently so the travelers would not remain in those countries (and cause embarrassment).


How immigrants got their ship/rail tickets – Temple University has images of the ticket purchase records of the Blitzstein Immigrant Bank in Philadelphia. I found my greatgrandfather’s purchase of tickets for his wife and children (including my then 3 year old grandfather). The family’s address in Lithuania is shown, so that they could receive their tickets, most likely from a local agent near their town in Lithuania. For persons who bought their own tickets, they also would have gone to a local agent. It’s my understanding that these were combined rail/ship tickets. The Blitzstein ledgers show who paid for the ticket, the passenger’s name and address in the old country, the name of the ship, the port where the ship was leaving from, and any intermediate ports (Liverpool, etc.). Gives a good snapshot of the various routes that immigrants took to come to the US.

Michele Lock

Lock/Lak/Lok and Kalon in Zagare/Joniskis, Lithuania
Olitsky in Alytus, Suwalki, Poland/Lithuania
Gutman/Goodman in Czestochowa, Poland
Lavine in Trenton, New Jersey and Lida/Minsk gub., Belarus

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