Monday, February 17, 2014

The Diamonds Are Coming to America!

Today I spent a couple of hours at the Jewish Museum of Maryland.  I'm still going through everything I found there, but the last thing I went through was my grandparents' HIAS (Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) folder.  There were dozens of pages of correspondence tracking the Baltimore-based family (particularly Clara & Nathan Zuriff and Henry & Jessie Turk) working on helping my grandparents and great grandmother get out of their DP camp outside Munich and get them to America.

This series of telegrams and letters traces their path out of Europe, including them receiving their visas:

 departing Europe:

and even checking up on them after they were living in Baltimore:
Checking up on my great grandmother, Sheva Baitch, after her arrival in America
Definitely a good use of a morning off work!


  1. Is this the family tree that also has the Savitz's in it?

  2. Yes, one of my great grandmother's half sisters was Becky Suttleman Savitz. If you are who I think you are, we are half third cousins!