Re: Departure from Poland to France, for political reasons #poland
Hi from Paris,
I wish to add two comments to the very good answer of David Levine.
Always remember that before 1914, and from 1870, France was the sole Republic in Europe.
You can understand that other countries, which were Monarchy or Empire, weren't very open to young migrants (or their own citizen) promoting revolutionary ideas.
So Paris became a special place were foreign activists could stay, as long as they didn't act again French state.
You could find there a melting pot of foreign students and poor workers elaborating their plans to export their ideas.
To David's list, I wish to add Anarchists and last but not the least, Bundists !
You know of course that Bundists were Secular Socialists Jews and that Bund (est. 1897) became the main political and union movement among Jewish workers in Polish interwar period. Here, in Medem Center of Paris, we transmit its spiritual heritage.
Now, concerning your Wenglenski family.
I repeat, and repeat and repeat again in this forum, search my previous posts where I gave precise instructions to obtain copies.
You have to search / ask only 4 French and free data basis to start your search of any ancestor who stayed a while in France :
Archives & history of Medem Center - Arbeter Ring ( Bund / Workmen Circle in France)