Passport : Printed, Bound, Handwritten : Beige, Black, Red, Blue, ; Ht: 5 1/2 in. x W: 3 7/8 in.
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October 31, 1947
40 pages, bound with two staples. Polish passport issued to Tuwja Berkowicz by the Polish Consulate in Brussels, Belgium. Occupation and physical description on page 2. Small b&w photograph of subject affixed on page 3 with 4 staples. Issued October 31, 1947. Valid for 1 year, only in Canada. Other information and visa stamps throughout passport relate to subject's emigration to Canada. in April 1948. Narrative: Tuwja (Tuwyas, Tuwia, Tuvia, Tobias) Bercowicz (Berkowicz) was the father of the donor, Jack (Jacques) Berkowicz. Born in Vilna, Tuwyas immigrated to Belgium in 1933 and when Belgium fell to Nazi Germany in 1940, he fled to France, hoping to reach Morocco by boat from Marseilles. The donor's mother, Chana (Chane, Annie) (Trompeter) Berkowicz, born in Mielec, Poland, was living in Vienna, Austria with her parents and two sisters. In 1938, after the German annexation of Austria, the family fled, driving to France via Belgium. Tuwyas and Chana met in Lyon, France in 1941 and married. Their daughter Dorothée was born in 1942. The family attempted to flee France by boat in Marseilles, but were stopped by Vichy police. They fled Marseilles and went south, into the Pyrenees region, living in various small vilages. Their son Jack was born in Bernac-Dessus in 1944. The family survived the war and returned to Brussels from 1945-1948, and then immigrated to Canada with the help of the American Joint Distribution Committee. They were sponsored by Tuwyas' sister Luba, who was already living in Halifax. The Berkowicz family settled in Montreal.