Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

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Jewish Refugees Records

We need your help in locating Jewish refugees who came to San Francisco in the late 1930s and 1940 and their descendants.  As restrictions tightened against Jewish people under Nazi rule in Germany, Austria, Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia, several hundred Jews applied for entrance to the United States.  They had the good fortune to have relatives and sponsors in the U.S.  After traveling across Russia to China and Japan, they boarded  ships for San Francisco. Dozens of families and individuals ended up at the Angel Island Immigration Station, underwent medical inspection and were detained for weeks because they did not have sufficient funds to reach their eventual destinations.

Erika Lee and Judy Yung recounted the perilous journeys of Alice Edelstein, Alfred and Klara Marill, Hans Singer and Isaak Adler in Angel Island: Immigrant Gateway to America. Recently, AIISF interviewed Eva Schott Berek, Lotte Loebl Frank, and Harry Gluckman, whose stories are posted at  

The database you see below was compiled by volunteers who reviewed files at the National Archives in San Bruno, California.  Please contact AIISF by writing to or call 415-348-9200 if you recognize any of the individuals listed below. We would like to interview the descendants in order to get the full story on these brave and fortunate people who fled the Nazi regime. Most of these refugees lost their entire families in the Holocaust.  Their stories remind us of that genocide must never be allowed to happen again to any group of people. This database also contains names and short profiles of Jewish refugees who came to Angel Island prior to 1939.  After 1915, large numbers of Jews from Russia, Poland, and Lithuania.  Many of them were men who had left their homelands to avoid military conscription.  Families also fled because of anti-Jewish violence.  Many families were able to enter the United States with the help of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.


photos: Eva Schott Berek’s passport; Lotte Loeble Frank’s parents;  Harry Gluckman’s father

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File Number Name Sex Place of Birth Date of Birth Date of Arrival Name of Ship Days in Detention Notes
15307/5-20 Brussilufsky, David M Russia 1894 06/11/1916 Panama Maru unknown Russian Army conscript; Excluded as LPC because of heart disease; Admitted with HIAS assist; NOTE: Real name for Leif Levitas.
15153/39-18 Chaikin, Abram M Russia 1898 04/10/1916 Shinyo Maru 2 months Foreman of a farm; Literate; Came via Yokohama to avoid conscription; Paid own passage; Relatives in NY; Excluded as LPC; Appeal by Harry K. Wolff, HIAS; Admitted 05/23/1916; NOTE: Real name is Rakhmiel Mendelev Khaikin
23764/22-1 Chimon, Rafief M Persia 1897 10/17/1924 President Cleveland 1 days Merchant, Has $100 and invoices of Persian goods, Lived in Japan for 7 yrs; Lost Persian passport in 1923 earthquake; Witness from Jones Co. in SF; Admitted as non-immigrant for six months.
14835/04-26 Chorrim, Mendil M Russia 1887 11/27/1915 Seattle Maru 33 days Aka Isak Strenoffsky; Laborer; Literate; Has $5 and paid own passage; Came via Kobe to avoid conscription; Friend (W. Klor ) in SF;Excluded as LPC; Appeal by HIAS; Railroad ticket to NYC from applicant's uncle; Outcome unclear; NOTE: Alias Isak Strenoffsky.
14517/18-09 Cohan, Harry M Russia 1892 07/20/1915 Manchuria 1 month Student; Mother in Austria; Wanted to avoid military service; Russian school would not take him as Jew; Excluded as LPC; Appeals; William Traube of HIAS brings him newsp and food, offers to bond him; Employed by Terminal Railways in Oakland; Bond cancelled 11/26/20.
40085/15-9 Cukernikas, Sepselis M Poland 28 yrs 6/16/1940 Asama Maru 1 month Citizen of Lithuania; Lawyer; Literate; Going to uncle (Leon Greenberg) in Bronx NY for permanent residence; Has $90 and passage paid by uncle; Lithuanian passport and Polish quota immig visa; Uncle has construction company; Excluded 06/27/1940 as possible contract laborer; Appeals; Admitted 07/18/1940
14255/28-06 Davidovitch, Abram M Russia 1886 04/05/1915 Name of ship: Korea Korea 1 day Born in Moscow; Traveling salesman for dry goods; Literate; Lived in Harbin a few years and came via Kobe; Has $50 and paid own passage; Driven out by the war and hard conditions; Wants to farm; Brachman and Hoyle offer to help him.
14255/22-09 Diablowitzki, Itzck M Russia 1896 04/05/1915 Korea 6 weeks Russian citizen of Hebrew race; Clerk; Father in Harbin; came via Shanghai; Has $40 and relatives in NY; Excluded as LPC; HIAS request for parole denied; Independent Order B'nai B'rith letter to Sec of Labor that 16 others on same ship admitted; Backus rec bond
17417/22-7 Divanovsky, Mary F Russia 1868 08/12/1918 Shinyo Maru 2 months Illiterate; Nanny going with employer from Petrograd to Yokohama to SF to NY: Employer and child landed on primary inspection; Admitted under bond for one year by employer; Transported by HIAS
16782/02-6 Elterman, Elia M Russia 1863 12/20/1917 Rembrandt 2 months Tailor, widower with 2 children (14 & 16); Afflicted with kphosis, ankylosis, deafness; Joining four sons in Boston; Excluded as LPC 12/26/17; Daughter says took 4 months from Petrograd to Harbin to Yokohama to SF; Son testifies unable to go to Rusian school as a Jew; Sons write and send $300 via HIAS; Father and daughter bonded and son landed 1/25/18; Released 2/19/18.
15153/39-30 Essin, Yakao M Russia 1894 04/10/1916 Shinyo Maru 1 month Tailor; Literate; Friend (Mr. Dobrovenray) in PA; Left on account of war; Passport issued in someone else's name; Excluded as LPC; HIAS appeals; Admitted 5/5/16; NOTE: Real name is Yankel Moses Kagan.
14949/02-17 Faingold, Isaak M Russia 1897 01/14/1916 Panama Maru 2 weeks Automobile shop laborer; Literate; Came via Yokohama to avoid conscription; Passage paid by father; Cousin (Harry Rubin) in L.A willing to sponsor and support applicant and provide ticket to L.A.; Admitted
17279/19-4 Feldman, Joseph M Russia 1861 06/30/1918 Korea Maru unknown Teacher and singer; Literate; traveling with daughter (Rifke) to join wife in NY, Has $247; Right hand lost in machine accident
14975/13-3 Filiurin, Robert M Russia 1912 01/25/1916 Shinyo Maru 1 day Minor accompanied by parents (Osep and Maria); Passage paid by father; Admitted permanently
40021/03-8 Fischl, Leopold M Czechoslovakia 1901 5/18/1940 Tatuta Maru 2 days Hotel Manager; Literate; Came via Shanghai, China; Destined to cousin (Morris Glauber) in NY for permanent residence; Has $16; Affidavits of support from Morris Glauber (President of Wormser Hat Stores) in NY; Admitted 05/20/1940.
14622/18-05 Fraiman, Boris M Russia 1888 08/30/1915 Persia 10 days Jew from Krim to Harbin; Pharmacist; Has $40; Wants to avoid military service; Worked in Harbin for 6 mos; Excluded as LPC. Traube produces witness Joseph Feigin; Case reopened
40198/06-1 Friedlander, Aron M Poland 61 yrs 7/31/1940 President Coolidge 1 month Citizen of Germany; Widower; Merchant; Lived in Austria 43 yrs., came via Italy and HK (1939); Has $50; Came to join son in NYC for permanent residence; German passport issued by American Consul in HK; Witness Hattie Deutsch (a field worker for the Council of Jewish Women in SF) confirms that she will provide housing and food; presents letter from Sanford Treguboff of Committee for Service to Emigres in SF; Affadavits of support from nephew in law, niece, and son; Ltr from The Assembly State of NY, Albany inquirng about the delay in applican'ts case; Admitted 08/26/1940.
16723/39-19 Friedman, Noah M Russia 1909 12/01/1917 Tenyo Maru 11 days Minor accompanied by aunt (Mancher Painchik) to be with father in Connecticut; Admitted 12/12/17
14517/18-12 Friedman, Simon M Russia 1893 07/20/1915 Manchuria 5 weeks Clerk from Siberia; Has $30; Ordered back to home town because of war; Coming for work; Father of boy he took on ship willing to sponsor him out of friendship; Excluded as LPC; HIAS appeals; Admitted on bond 8/28/15.
18613/01-2 Galer, Isaac M Russia 1898 10/24/1919 Florence Olsen 5 days Clerical employed as 2nd cook on Florence Olsen; Literate; Has $70; On way to Chile; Admitted 10/29/1919
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