About Irving Richter
Grandmother (paternal) Miriam to Irving Richter
Mother to Sonya, Pinchas (Piana), Ida, and Sam
(Sam changed the spelling from Rechter to its present spelling Richter)
Irving(sussie) Richter and his sister Frieda left Russia 2 years after the revolution(1917), for Romania by way of the Knepper River(Dnepper) in a boat. Half way there they were dropped into the river where they had to swim across. They expected to fine a guide there as promised, but found no one. A farmer saw them and recognized them to be refugees and he called the police, who went after them and arrested them. At the police station they weren’t there but 30 minutes when an old Jewish man with a long snowwhite beard came in, and said, ”Don’t worry if you have some money with you we’ll save you”. Couple of hours later this man came back to state the sheriffs price, so Irving took out this amount of money that he had hidden in the sole of his shoe, gave it to the sheriff who in turn, let them go free. From there they were taken to another city via a hay wagon and this way hidden in the hay.
They arrived safely and were then on there own. They stayed in Romania 1 ½ years until Morris Gerber , Aunt Sonia and Aunt Ida (both are Pinchas’s sisters) accumulated enough money to bring Irv and Frieda to the states. The first time, and agent who was given the money to get them there ran off with the money. It took some time before enough money was gathered once again for them. This time however there was no agent. Tickets were purchased for a boat trip from Cherbourg, France to Ellis Island. Irv and Frieda took a train from Rominia to Cherbourg, Caught the boat, stayed four days on Ellis Island because of lice, then joined their family in New York. Irv went from there to Florida, then Houston Texas, then back to New York to marry Ethel Kravitz.