This blog is designed to tell the stories of the Jewish farmers that Baron Maurice de Hirsch supported in North and South America and the follow on stories of their descendants worldwide. We hope you will send send us your stories and permission to publish them through the reply form below.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Baron Maurice de Hirsch, the builder of the Vienna-Constantinople Railroad, and his friends, sponsored the settlement of Eastern European Jews in many lands, but primarily in North and South America. This blog presents written works and visuals depicting the original immigrants but also relating the achievements of the descendants of these immigrants, Our forebears were courageous and ingenious people as are their grand and great grand children. This blog proposes to unite many of today’s beneficiaries of the Baron’s genorosity, believing that cooperation and sharing among us could result in many inspiring and amazing ideas and projects.

I, Merrie Blocker, am the creator of the BaronHirschCommunity.org blog. I am a semi- retired U.S. foreign service officer. My grandfather grew up on a Baron Hirsch supported chicken farm in northwestern Connecticut, USA, and I am translating the first work in Portuguese to feature the Jewish community in Brazil as subject matter. It is an autobiographical novel by Marcos Iolovitch, a Ukrainian immigrant to the Jewish Colonization Society’s Quatro Irmaos colony in southern Brazil.

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