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New World, new life

BREMERHAVEN. According to research by Peter Marschalck, who founded an inventory of emigration records in the Bremen archives, more than seven million people have emigrated via Bremerhaven in the past two centuries, around ninety per cent of them to America. “For several generations of emigrants, Bremerhaven has been a place of remembrance for saying farewell to the old and hoping for a new life,” says Christoph Bongert, research associate at the German Emigration Centre. “Our museum is a popular destination for Americans looking to visit the place from where their ancestors once left.“

Copyright: Deutsches Auswandererhaus / Photo: Kay Riechers

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