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The Westernland (ex-Regina)

The Westernland (ex-Regina)

This is the ship that my father's family took to America, leaving Germany on the 19th of August, 1938.

From Uncle Walter's story:

Peter was born on February 2, 1938, a very happy occasion, but dampened very much by what surrounded us. In March of 1938, my dealer’s license was revoked, so it was then that we made up our minds to leave and leave as fast as possible. Thousands of people had the same idea. The USA had a quota of 26,000 Germans per year. The fact that we were Jews did not alter our status. Luckily, we had made preparations a year earlier so we had a fairly high priority number. Uncle Louis had all the papers made out in advance, so finally after much harassment by Hitler’s henchmen, and after they searched our home for contraband, we left Germany on the 19th of August, 1938. Irma had her whole family with her, but I can still see my mother, my brother, and his wife, Hilde, standing on the platform in the Bremen railroad station as the train pulled away. It was a very heartbreaking experience which shall be with me for the rest of my life.

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Arrival In New York

Arrival In New York

This picture was taken on August 30, 1938, in The Bronx, where the Jacobsohn and Samenfeld families settled, 2710 Sedgwick Ave. My father Erich Samenfeld is on the far left. Oma Dina Samenfeld is third from the left. Tante Irma Jacobsohn is holding my cousin Peter, who was 6 months old. My Uncle Walter Jacobsohn took this picture.


Arrival In New York

Arrival In New York

This picture is basically the same as the other one titled, Arrival In New York. This one was taken by my father and shows Uncle Walter holding Peter. Also in this pictue is, Oma's sister and her husband, Johanna and Felix Fleischaker, my father's cousin and her husband, Mildred and Sydney Holmes, and my father's cousin, Harry Fleischaker.