What were conditions like for Jew in Wroclaw, Poland in 1875? #poland #general


pat
 

My great grandparents left Wroclaw, Poland in 1875 for the US with their two small children and one on the way.
What was happening in Wroclaw at that time that would cause them to leave?
Pat Stromberg


Frank Szmulowicz
 

The town was then called Breslau, and it was a part of Prussia at the time.
https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/breslau
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wroc%C5%82aw
Frank Szmulowicz


Frank Szmulowicz
 

Addition to the historical background:
The Unification of Germany in 1871 turned Breslau into the sixth-largest city in the German Empire. Its population more than tripled to over half a million between 1860 and 1910. The 1900 census listed 422,709 residents
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wroc%C5%82aw

Frank Szmulowicz


Dr. Ruth Leiserowitz
 

Actually, the situation in Breslau in the 1870s was good for Jews, because the foothills of Prussian liberalism still prevailed before Greater German nationalism spread with all its negative effects. Decisions to emigrate are often neither spontaneous nor monocausal.  Therefore, one would have to answer the following questions, among others: how long had the young family been living in the city? Did they have a livelihood? Did the father of the family have strong professional competition in his profession? Were there friends or relatives who also went to America? (Emigrations during this period were often chain reactions.) Could it be that the family was invited by earlier emigrants because they wanted the family in a business in the new location? 
In short, a variety of factors played a role in the decision to emigrate at the time, with political circumstances not always being the answer.

Ruth Leiserowitz