Berger/Hammerman

BERGER, Bertha née HAMMERMAN (age 36)
BERGER, Leo (age 17)
BERGER, Mordcha Chaim (age 44)
HAMMERMAN, Jeanne/Jeanette (age 39)

The BERGER/HAMMERMAN family resided in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, in the summer of 1940, presumably after receiving visas from Aristides de Sousa Mendes. Bertha and Leo BERGER sailed from Lisbon to New York on the vessel Nea Hellas in October 1940. Mordcha Chaim BERGER befriended a longshoreman in Lisbon who helped him board a ship bound for Baltimore as a stow away. He took a Greyhound Bus from Baltimore to New York, where he joined Bertha and Leo and became a member of the Diamond Dealer’s Club on West 47th Street.

Leo BERGER

Leo BERGER

Mordcha BERGER

Mordcha BERGER

Bertha BERGER

Bertha BERGER

Photos courtesy of the Felix Archives in Antwerp.