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Odessa to San Francisco, CA

1940 | Bertha Blum | 40 and over

by Katie Quan

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Angel Island immigrant: Yes

Place of Origin
Odessa

Place of Settlement
San Francisco, CA

On June 16, 1940, Ms. Blum arrived on Angel Island after traveling from Shanghai on the SS Asama Maru. She was 44 years old. She was born in Odessa, Russia, and could read German, Russian, and English. Her sister helped pay for her travel to the United States from Russia. After arriving in the US, she planned to join Rosaline Riskin, her sister, Soloman Riskin, her brother in law, and Bernice Blum, her daughter. Her sister, Rosaline Riskin lived in San Francisco on 10th Ave. Bertha’s father Juda Blum and Bertha’s sister Pauline Pedrin also lived in San Francisco.

Before going to San Francisco, Ms. Blum lived in Shanghai. Her brother in law, Mr. Riskin ran a jewelry store and so he was able to support Ms. Blum on her passage over to the US. During the questioning, she was asked about “the affairs of her husband, Joseph Blum who was a Russian refugee from Latvia because he had no official nationality. Bertha was unsure if he would come to the US or not.” The clerk, Arthur Jarrett says in his summary, “The applicant…appears to be in good health, intelligent, and a person of some education.”

We have one photograph of Bertha Blum from her naturalization on March 21, 1941.

We believe that the family remained in San Francisco.


We wish to thank intern Katie Quan, who helped research this article.

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