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How did the Polish / Russian immigrants get to the major ports in Europe?

How did the Polish / Russian immigrants get to the major ports in Europe?

Posted: 5 Aug 2013 2:04PM GMT
Classification: Query
There is alot of information and even first hand stories on how the immigrants traveled from the major European Ports to America. I am finding very little on how the Polish and Russian Immigrants got from their villages to the major ports.

I am very curious about how my ancestors would have gotten from Minsk and Warsaw to Antwerp and England for the last part of their journey to America.

Can anybody point me in the right direction to find this information?

Re: How did the Polish / Russian immigrants get to the major ports in Europe?

Posted: 5 Aug 2013 7:43PM GMT
Classification: Query
there are so many books on the holocaust survivors that describe their travels. some could escape by train or hidden in wagons with other items. unbelievable but some walked many miles (100+)to a connection.others hid in bottom of boats for partway and then proceeded by one or all of the above.
i hope this answers your question.

Re: How did the Polish / Russian immigrants get to the major ports in Europe?

Posted: 5 Aug 2013 9:49PM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank you for your reply, but I was referring to an earlier time, the immigration wave in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Re: How did the Polish / Russian immigrants get to the major ports in Europe?

Posted: 6 Aug 2013 8:34PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hi, i just checked on train travel so my answer is good for that time period as well. My gparents came over from russia in 1906. they got to a p ort and took a ship over .The hardest part was to get to the ports undetected.
have heard of stories where men/boys were disguised in woman's clothes to go undetected in their travels .
alo some women dressed as men!(a rare case)
people hid in the woods if russian were seen ,sometimes they were caught and had to fight them off.
There were some time slots when they were allowed to leave-would have to reearch which years.
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