For about five million European immigrants from 1850 to 1939 Hamburg was the "Gateway to the world." Over the Port of Hamburg they left their homeland to head off to the New World in search for their luck. BallinStadt is dedicated to those emigrants.
The History of BallinStadt
BallinStadt tells the story of five million people who left their homeland to live in America between 1850 and 1934. Albert Ballin, the general director of HAPAG, built the emigrant halls between 1898 and 1901 for emigrants that were to be transported with boots of the shipping company. Sleeping and living quarters, dining rooms, baths, a church, a synagogue, a music pavilion and a room for medical examinations could be found in more that 30 buildings. In this small city the emigrants waited for their turn to cross of the ocean to start a new life.
Back to the roots
Those interested can access computers to be able to find out about the emigration history of their ancestors. The information in the computers comes from passenger lists from 1850 to 1934 and databases that contain US census lists.