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switching a girl's birthdate #general


Hannah Berliner Fischthal <hberlinerf@...>
 

Is there any reason a family in Poland (Dabrowa Gornicza) would give a
daughter a later birthdate than her own? My aunt Ester Berliner
always maintained she was born in 1921. JRI-Poland, however, shows
she was born in 1919; in 1921 there was a stillborn child.
Can anybody explain this?

Hannah Berliner Fischthal, BERLINER, WAJSFELD


Evertjan. <exjxw.hannivoort@...>
 

Hannah Berliner Fischthal wrote:
Is there any reason a family in Poland (Dabrowa Gornicza) would give a
daughter a later birthdate than her own? My aunt Ester Berliner
always maintained she was born in 1921. JRI-Poland, however, shows
she was born in 1919; in 1921 there was a stillborn child.
Can anybody explain this?
Many reasons.

== JRI-Poland could be wrong[ly transcribed].
Ususlly if two children have the same names [this the case?],
the first one has died, not the second one.

== Not everyone was literate or smart enough not to confuse the issue in a
family.

== There could be deliberate reasons, like ability to get a domestic
service job, get entrance to better schooling [on entering the USA,
perhaps? You do not specify.], having the other birth mascarade for an
elder brother to prevent conscription, etc.

Evertjan Hannivoort.
The Netherlands.
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