Category Archives: W. Europe

A Sense of Place

  Coming from Argentina to Chicago, there was a big weather change but nothing my parents couldn’t handle.  They migrated to Chicago to start their own family. There was not really a plan.  My mom and dad were only in their early 20’s. It was in the 1950’s, so segregation was still going around. When they arrived in Chicago, they ... Read More »

From the Netherlands to Palo Alto to England to Palo Alto

My mother’s life started with little memory of her hometown of Amstelveen, Netherlands. While Nienke did not remember much of her hometown and where she was born, she remembers key parts of her immigration into America at the age of two years old. One thing unique to my mom though, is she has immigrated twice to the U.S., both being ... Read More »

Emanuelo (Italy)

My family’s most recent immigration story occurred so long ago that, when interviewed, my mother had to recount the number of “greats” that came before grandfather. My great-great-great grandfather, Emanuelo Oliva, was born in Genoa, Italy, in 1840, and immigrated to the United States with his family, including his three brothers. The family eventually made their way across the country to California, ... Read More »

Gloria’s Migration Story

This is an image of London where Gloria migrated from.

It was 1983, when one day Gloria woke up and realized that this wasn’t the environment or lifestyle she wanted for her children – let alone herself. She thought to herself ¨How could she leave all the items and memories behind. Who would she become? What would she become?¨ Life in London in the region that she had lived in ... Read More »

Swedish American Risk Taker, Restaurateur

In 1981, Ambjörn Lindskog, a nuclear physicist from Sweden, took a plane to America, starting a chapter of his life that would change him forever. Although he did not know it at the time, the American dream would inspire him to do do great things, and would drive him to achieve things he never thought possible. He was born on ... Read More »

Escape from Nazis; A Career as Tailor and Men’s Clothier

In 1938, a small humble family of Jews in Vienna, Austria, enjoyed their supper, but in a matter of seconds, their lives changed forever. A neighbor called them and told them to turn on their radio. They all listened closely to the static sound of the radio. Austrian President Wilhelm Miklas, announced that Hitler of Germany had given him an ... Read More »

Math Professor’s Family Leaves Germany as Hitler Rises

Veronica Tincher’s parents, Gabor and Ann Szego were Hungarian Jews.  Her mother was born in Budapest and her father came from a smaller town, Kunhegyes. Gabor Szego, her father was a bright mathematician and professor in Hungary. Both were very accomplished – her mother a successful doctor of Chemistry, writer, and interpreter in more than three languages and her father finishing his PhD in ... Read More »

Andreas Reconnects With His Jewish Roots

During the Holocaust many Jewish families in Germany tried to escaped in order to survive. Others were hidden by brave Germans. Andreas’ mother was Jewish and was hidden and kept safe in a monastery. Eventually she married a Gentile and had two sons with him. She decided to raise both sons as Protestants to provide them with more security. The ... Read More »

Scottish Lass Seeks a Man and a Tan

Anna Fiorina immigrated to California in 1962 from Scotland. She was born in 1941 to an Italian/Scots couple named Armando(Andy) and Kathy Bertellotti. They had married in 1936 against their parents wishes ,partly because he was Italian and she a Scot and partly because of religion, Catholic and Protestant. They ran a small fish and chip shop in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire ... Read More »

Kindertransport from Austria: Helga’s Story

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Helga Newman recalls the day in March, 1938 when her family’s life changed forever.  She lived with her parents and grandmother in Vienna, Austria and that day she watched through the window as the Nazi army marched into her city.  Her father warned her to stay away from the window for her safety. When Hitler, arrived he began creating restrictions ... Read More »

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