The Masliansky family in Yekaterinoslav, Russia, 1892
(Yekaterinoslav is now Dnipropetrovsk in Ukraine.)
Left to right: the mother Yetta/Etta Masliansky (then 32 years old), Batya/Bessie/Beatrice (2), standing Pinchas/Phillip (10). the father
Reverend Zvi Hirsch Masliansky (36), Fruma Gittel/Fanny (7),
Hannah/Annie/Anna (10). and Bertha (12).
Not shown in the above family picture is the oldest son, Chiam/Herman, named for his father's father. A ship's passenger list shows that
he departed Hamburg
Germany for New York City in July 1892, only 16 years old. (Many,
perhaps most, young Jewish men would leave at that age to avoid
conscription in the Russian army.) Reverend
Masliansky left Russia in 1894. On July 1, 1895, after a speaking tour in Eastern and
Central Europe he sailed, without the family, from Le Havre. France to New York City. Yetta and the
other children would follow, arriving in New York City in 1896.
Many Jews took new names as they left Europe or adjusted to life in
America. Zvi Hirsch Masliansky
did that too. He chose "Harris" as his
new first name. It is rarely used in stories about him, but found on the 1990 US census, and on his passports.
Masliansky did not spend much time in Yekaterinoslav (Dnipropetrovsk).
He would consider himself as having come from the city of his
birth and youth:
Slutsk in Belarus.