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  1. LittleRooster says

    Modern Pilgrims to USA 1948...The stills of the film 13 - 16 contain images of Gailitis family originally from Riga, Latvia. The thin man with dark, wavy, hair and buttoned short sleeved shirt on left in back is Adolphs Gailitis. In the film he pulls his wife, Lucy. In the center their two blond daughters wave, Edith and Ilga. Behind them in the scout uniform is their son (12 or 13 years old), Rolands. Adolph was a successful engineer at the Gillette company and very active politically in the Latvian community. He was a very determined person and enjoyed painting portraits of people. Only IIga and Roland currently survive as of 2015. (posted by granddaughter to Adolphs and Lucy...Ingrida) Thank you for posting this video. Several grandchildren have now enjoyed viewing it.

  2. jancits says

    My father, Janis Balkits, was one of the passengers on the Ketch Gundel that sailed into Provincetown in July 1948. He eventually got his citizenship and started a family here in the United States. My 2 brothers and I were raised with an exposure to our Latvian heritage. My father passed away in 1991 at the age of 85. We have always maintained a sense of pride as regards his journey to America.

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