These indefatigable emigrants will encounter along the way every conceivable barrier and intervention: the military forces of Romania, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the new Germany; small-town magistrates, xenophobic police and roving outlaw gangs of the most unsavory kind. Add to this formidable mix, Carpathian snow storms, impassable passes, episodes of forced labor, imprisonment and escape, unforeseen influences from their own people, then getting to ports on the North Sea is far from a romantic pleasure trek. Their courage, one-mindedness, resourcefulness, and the leadership of young Mordecai Anieloff and his chosen cadre, are all that they can rely upon to get them through.
These were the "Wayfarers of Birlad", the fusgeyers, those who went by foot, and their story is your story. It rightfully belongs to all of us whose plucky ancestors from all parts of the world experienced the good struggle to get to a better place, while ever-reluctant to talk about it. We and the generations ahead are the fortunate beneficiaries