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Belgium Red Star Line Museum
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Belgium Red Star Line Museum
Members of the Irving Berlin family, granddaughters Emily Fletcher, left, Caroline Bourgois-Emmet, second left, and daughter Linda Emmet, fourth left, view exhibits at the Red Star Line museum in Antwerp, Belgium on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013. The newly opened museum tells the universal story of migration based on the stories of actual Red Star Line passengers. Between 1873 and 1934, the Belgian shipping company Red Star Line transported approximately 2 million people from Antwerp to New York, many in pursuit of the 'American Dream'. Among the two million Europeans who traveled to America on the Red Star Line was a five year old boy from Russia. The boy’s name was Israel ‘Izzy’ Beilin. He would grow up to gain world-wide fame as Irving Berlin with songs like 'White Christmas', 'Puttin' on the Ritz' and 'There's No Business Like Show Business'. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)