Louis Feiler (1873 - 1946)

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Death: Died in Detroit, MI, USA
Managed by: David Jacobowitz
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About Louis Feiler

According to Stanley Kreinik (Nov 2013), Great Uncle Louis Feiler lived in Detroit. He gave his young nephews, Walter Kreinik (Stanley's father), Moe Kreinik (Stanley's uncle) and Chaim Sternlicht (a brother-in-law to Walter and Moe) this advice: Shave your beards and wear these American clothes so you can walk across the Friendship Bridge early Monday with the autoworkers. Carry Detroit newspapers under your arms. None of them spoke any English. Chaim Sternlich didn't shave and was turned back, but Walter and Moe made it to New York as illegal immigrants for a dozen years. Louis soon arranged to get Chaim into the US by boat.

There is a Louis Feiler in Detroit: 1920 United States Federal Census about Louis Feiler Name: Louis Feiler [Louis Feilen] Age: 49 Birth Year: abt 1871 Birthplace: Austria Home in 1920: Detroit Ward 19, Wayne, Michigan Race: White Gender: Male Immigration Year: 1884 Relation to Head of House: Head Marital Status: Married Spouse's Name: Rose Feiler Father's Birthplace: Austria Mother's Birthplace: Austria Home Owned: Rent Able to Read: Yes Able to Write: Yes Neighbors: View others on page Household Members: Name Age Louis Feiler 49 Rose Feiler 49 Paul Feiler 13 Jess Feiler 11


1930 United States Federal Census about Louis L Feiler Name: Louis L Feiler Gender: Male Birth Year: abt 1874 Birthplace: Austria Race: White Home in 1930: Detroit, Wayne, Michigan Map of Home: View map Marital Status: Married Immigration Year: 1898 Relation to Head of House: Head Spouse's Name: Rose Feiler Father's Birthplace: Austria Mother's Birthplace: Austria

Household Members: Name Age Louis L Feiler 56 Rose Feiler 56 Paul R Feiler 23 Jess Robert Feiler 21

And a grave: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=pv&GRid=86536248&PIpi=56776522 The years don't agree; the immigration years don't comport. Well?

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Louis Feiler's Timeline

- 1936
Age 46
Detroit, Wayne, Michigan, United States

Stanley Kreinik: Walter came to the US illegally. He left Sędziszów and went to Vienna. He deserted from the Polish Army, exchanging his uniform for a farmer's clothes. Then he went to Berlin and sold piece goods. There were no ready-made clothes then. He couldn't get a US Visa so he went to Canada. With his brother Moe and brother-in-law Chaim Sternlicht, he made for the US. His Uncle Louis Feiler (Frimet's brother) in Detroit bought them clothes, told them to get a US newspaper and smile while working across the Friendship Bridge along with the Monday morning auto workers. He spoke no English. From 1920 to 1935 he was in the US illegally. [Later Richard Yospin elaborated that Izzie Kreinik made the suggestion and they they shave their beards. Chaim Sternlicht didn't shave and was turned back. But Walter and Moe made it. So Louis chartered a boat and brought Chaim across the water to the US.)

In 1929 the Immigration Laws were changed so that if you could show you had been in the country for 6 years, you could apply for citizenship. Walter had receipts for money Walter had sent to Europe and so was able to verify his stay. Walter got his citizenship in 1935 and in 1936 visited Sędziszów and tried to convince the family to come the the US. They didn't want to, and many perished in the Shoah.

Age 73
Detroit, MI, USA