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Carol Mills-Nichol
Announcing book on Jewish immigrants to Louisiana
Sat Oct 4, 2014 10:29

I am pleased to announce the publication of my latest book "Louisiana's Jewish Immigrants from the Bas-Rhin, Alsace, France" It contains biographies of 638 immigrants to Louisiana who left from places in the Bas-Rhin, Alsace, such as Strasbourg, Haguenau, Hoenheim, Harskirchen, Rothbach, Ingwiller, Brumath, Schirrhoffen, Schliethal, Strasbourg and Oberlauterbach, to name just a few. Some unlucky souls never even completed the journey. They may have died of disease in European ports while awaiting passage, or perished at sea during the arduous voyage. Those lucky enough to arrive did not always settle in New Orleans. Many journeyed still farther inland to big towns such as Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Alexandria, Opelousas, Donaldsonville or smaller villages like Chackbay, Waterloo, Livonia, Mansura, Kennerville, Hohen Solms, Bunkie, Berwick, Big Cane, Plaquemine, Houma, Bayou Goula, or Pointe-à-la-Hâche. Still others were employed as store keepers on plantations such as Azima, Belmont, Cinclare, Cora, Cote Blanche, Cypress Hall, Live Oak, and Tezcuco. While many of them prospered in Louisiana, others suffered unspeakable tragedies in their adopted homeland. Some were murdered. Others ended their own lives. A frightening number of them succumbed to consumption, typhoid, or yellow fever, many within a few years of their arrival. Whatever their story, the reader cannot help but be caught up in the drama of the existence of these immigrants who risked everything to start anew in Louisiana. Check it out. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and through the publisher, Janaway Publishing, Inc.

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