Next Zoom meeting: Oct 6th @ 7:30 pm PST

Arrest to America
Unraveling my father’s immigration journey
by Elaine Berghausen

Elaine Berghausen’s father arrived in the US in Sept. 1941 from Nazi Germany after being in a concentration camp. That’s all she knew about his experiences in Germany and his immigration to the USA. Using information from sources here and abroad, she has been able to answer many key questions, including when was he arrested and released, where was he after his release until he came to America, and all the approvals/obstacles from both the Nazi and US governments he had to overcome in his remarkable, heroic journey out of Germany to America during World War II.

Elaine retired from a 30+ year with the State of California working for several state agencies, working in finance, grants administration, and program evaluation. After retirement, she worked as a consultant to local water districts. She began researching her family's genealogy in 2016 and lives in Sacramento, California.

This is a members-only webinar

The Jewish Genealogical Society of British Columbia (JGSBC), a non-profit organization, brings together people who are interested in pursuing their Jewish ancestry or family history. Together with the Jewish Museum and Archives of BC we try to restore the history and family links that time has erased.

While there are many resources available on the internet, their use does require some skill and training. Many traps await the unwary: name changes, spelling errors, the same name for two different people, the many vagaries of census takers, clerks and other takers of record. The difficult task of digitizing the records has led to other errors creeping in. We will help you to avoid those pitfalls and develop an accurate and descriptive family tree. If you are interested in joining us, you can pay for a yearly membership here. Any questions? – send us an email.

This site also has links to resources (including Jewish newspaper archives) that we have found useful in our research.

JGSBC is a member of the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies