A handwritten letter on Red Star Line stationery penned by Albert Einstein, tendering his resignation from the Prussian Academy of Sciences, rests in a case. Irving Berlin’s piano sits nearby.
These are among the new Red Star Line Museum’s exhibits related to passengers who left the port of Antwerp, Belgium, between 1873 and 1934. The museum, which started in 1992 as a petition for a plaque to commemorate the shipping line, opened in Antwerp on Sept. 28. Its collection fascinates those whose ancestors immigrated through Antwerp on Red Star Line ships, and others just curious about what their immigrant ancestors endured.