Plea for Help Letter 1

Return to "A Plea to Help Relatives Make Aliyah from Skala to Palestine (1938)"


Haifa, 17 March, 1938
To the Jewish Agency in Israel
Immigration Department

The undersigned is approaching you about the following matter: I am now a resident of Haifa, a laborer in "Shemen" [a factory] a permanent worker, a member of the Labor Movement in Israel. [I was] born in Poland in the city of Skala, was active overseas for twelve years in different national movements such as the Labor Movement in Israel. I participated in training for Ha-Chalotz [and] I was first in line to receive a second-rate certificate in our city. I am 34 years old. In 1934, the Chalutz [Pioneer] Movement organized emigration under the name "Kfar Saba" and I emigrated on the boat "Valos." For all this time, I have been an illegal immigrant. From the day I emigrated, I lived with the hope that the Movement would take care of my legal residency in Israel and, to my great sorrow, as of today nothing has been done.

I left overseas an elderly mother and a bride. I was planning to get married a week after I left, but the departure was so sudden that I did not have the time to take care of this matter. I approached the organizers with a request to add [my fiancee] to the list of immigrants, but I received a negative reply. When I emigrated I had thought of living in a kibbutz, but I was forced to stay in the city so that I could support my elderly mother and my bride. As of today, I am sending them money each month according to my ability, to help them with their existence. The matter of my marriage to the young woman is upin the air. Until today, I live with the hope that the situation finally will change and that I will be able to bring her to me. I know that the Jewish Agency helped my friend Rosenberg from Haifa, who emigrated with me to a cousin who also is a laborer in "Shemen."

Accordingly, I am asking the Jewish Agency to look into my difficult situation and enable me to bring my mother and my bride to Haifa, so I can take care of my marriage and will not have to send money overseas. I hope to receive a positive reply to my request.

My address: The Workers Kitchen, Haifa

Best regards,
Shraga Gottesfeld

Graphic copyrighted by Helene Kenvin
Translation by Sara Mages, via JewishGen's ViewMate
This page created by Max Heffler
Updated Sep 1, 2013. Copyright 2005 Skala Research Group. All Rights Reserved.