30805RE: [S-R] Emigration to Uruguay
- Oct 31, 2011The Carpatho-Rusyn Society has a great picture of our Eastern European
ancestors with "cowboy hats" in Argentina. I have an uncle who went there
for work and a letter from him in Buenos Aires that my aunt shared with me.
Unfortunately, he did not offer any information other than I will need to
tell you the story sometime! I do not think he stayed long.
I had the opportunity to go to Buenos Aires a couple of years ago. The first
thing I did was go to the immigration museum. Pictures and percentages
showed the immigration of many
eastern European peoples. Since I am Rusyn, I went looking for Orthodox or
Byzantine churches since the culture and the religion are so closely tied. I
found an Orthodox church in Buenos Aires and went there for a service. I
felt like I was in time travel. All the woman covered their heads with a
scarf. I had slacks on and was given a skirt to wear. It was during the
Orthodox Easter season and church Slavonic was being sung for many of the
hymns. Some hymns in Spanish. You can imagine how I felt when I heard
Christos Voskrese in Argentina. There were no pews and after the services
there was a memorial service for the deceased with every one holding a
candle. Yes, our ancestors are still there. I was not permitted to take
pictures in the church. The church was filled with children. And yes, the
church service lasted a long time.
The unfortunate thing was that most people we met in the church and in
Buenos Aires spoke only Spanish wish is pretty amazing for such a big city.
I have tried e-mailing the pastor a couple of times and have not been able
to break through to get more information. I think I will try again now that
the topic has come up again. Maybe he has learned some English.
I also went on a day trip to Uruguay. It is a short boat ride away. It is a
very quaint town with a colonial flare.
From: SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SLOVAK-ROOTS@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of patskanovo
Sent: Sunday, October 30, 2011 3:51 PM
Subject: [S-R] Emigration to Uruguay
This may be a new one as I have searched the groups postings and come up
I have discovered a relation (Vasil Pilat)born in Remeniny, Slovakia in 1876
emigrated or at least visited Montvideo,Urugauy.
I am curious as to the work which attracted Eastern Europeans there and if
anyone else here may have touched upon South American immigration.
There does not seem to be much available on-line.
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