Re: Lithuania/Latvia and South Africa #southafrica #general #lithuania


Ed Goldberg
 

At the beginning of the 20th century there were no restrictions on countries of origin emigrating to South Africa and Jews arrived from all countries. The Union Castle Line of ships had the contract to carry mail from Southamton, England to Cape Town and back but needed more income and so expanded into passenger service. They decided to send agents throughout Latvia and Lithuania to sell tickets to Jews in the cities and shtetls. Often one member of a family would buy a ticket, make some money in South Africa and then send money back through these agents so that the rest of their families could get tickets.
 
Ed Goldberg
Vancouver, Canada

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