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After much planning and unplanning, we seem to have finally decided where we’ll go for this year’s summer vacation. First we wished to go to the Italian Lakes, Lake Maggiore to be precise, but since we are already going to the South of France at the very end of August we settled for a different direction. Another factor in the decision is that the a/c on my car has broken down and my reliable auto mechanic is on holiday himself; thus going to the North seemed wiser.

So Hamburg, it will be. The reason why I am posting this is that we will visit BallinStadt, the Migration Museum of Hamburg which recalls that Hamburg was the departure port for most Germans and Eastern Europeans to emigrate to the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The museum has preserved passenger lists of the more than five million people who went to the New World from BallinStadt. So if you know or think that some family members headed for America via Hamburg, feel free to ask me to check names, dates and other data or to take photos.