Re: Sending money to Poland in 1880s #poland #usa #general

Bruce Drake

This is not a "from Point A to Point B" explanation but if it is of any help, here's an example from the the Yizkor book of Svencionys, Lithuania titled "“Fayvl the Mailman.” I've seen other accounts that said the money was sent to the town's rabbi.:

"The great immigration at the end of the nineteenth century scattered thousands of Jewish children across the wide world. In America and in Canada, in Africa and in France, Jewish immigrants were to be found everywhere, but they never forgot where they came from and whom they had left behind in Europe. They sent money home for their parents and for their brothers and sisters, but collecting the money from the post office was very complicated.
When one received the notice from the post office, one had to go to the notary to have one's signature confirmed. Since not everyone could write Russian, they had to go to a 'writer,' and that could cost money. It was a difficult and lengthy process."

Bruce Drake
Silver Spring MD
Jews looked for ways around such problems, and it was decided that it would be best if relatives sent the money directly to Reb Fayvl's address. As a civil servant working in the post office, he was indeed given the money with no problem."

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