Category Archives: W. Europe

Fred Kahn’s Immigrant story

Born in Germany of Jewish parents, I was whisked to Belgium when I was 6 years old. I survived the Holocaust in the underground  – hiding in Southeast Belgium. After the liberation, I excelled in school and also was active in youth activities. I came to the US in 1952. I was 19 years old when I arrived alone in ... Read More »

Walter Woodworth’s Immigration Journey: The Crossing

Kent County, England, 1630. In the midst of farmland and trees lies a farm, with big fields and crops that would rise up to waist height. A man named Walter Woodworth finds himself poor, despite all the back-breaking work he has put in. He tries to make due with what he has, but finds that he is not making enough ... Read More »

Immigrant Story: Mario, Italian Waiter

The year was 1979 when Mario was living in Italy where he had a beautiful small house on a small street in a small town. Everything was small and well taken care of. Mario is a short man with green eyes. He was previously a worker in a nightclub and was now working in a Italian restaurant. A man came ... Read More »

Beatley Buehlmann’s Immigration Story: Never Returned to Switzerland

The world outside Sarnen called me to explore it; I boldly responded with a three year trip to France and then London, where I was a nanny to wealthy families. It was 1960. While hiking on the magnificent mountains my home town was visible, pleasantly placed near a lake that glistened like glass in the afternoon sun. You could hear ... Read More »

Immigration Story From Sweden to the US Navy

Usually in those days, the man of the family made the decisions so everyone just had to follow through. My name is Gary Neuman. I grew up in Gothenburg, a fairly big city in Sweden. It was always cold, especially in Winter. I lived in a very small apartment – only 2 bedrooms – one for my mom and dad ... Read More »

Aly Solly Pieretti’s Immigration story

It was the year 1920 and the 8-year-old Aly Solly ran up to the deck of the ship. She saw the huge magnificent, glowing, Statue of Liberty she was taken back in amazement. Never seeing something so huge and beautiful she looked over to her family and started to cry with joy and hope and pure happiness. She lived in ... Read More »

Johann Erbes – Farmer and Soldier

The land was covered in green grassy hills, big farms, and livestock that would be perched on the hills, where the grass was more luscious and bountiful — It was fall of 1852 in Bubenheim, Johann and his three brothers worked the farm. For 31 years Johann was born and raised in their family farm in Germany. Johann Georg was ... Read More »

Immigration Story Christina Bergmann: Sweden to the Land of Disney

The year was 1954 when Christina left Sweden where she had spent the first six years of her life. The sun was high in the sky and reflected off the huge boat bobbing in the port. Her hands were clasped over a suitcase handle as she and her family walked on the boat with hundreds of other people. She looked ... Read More »

Mexican Immigration Story From Lisbon to America to Mexico

  I think my great-grandmother and grandmother were very brave to come to the United States without speaking any English at all. My great-grandmother was a widow and my grandmother, her only child, was just six years old. It was 1910, and my great-grandfather had passed away. My great-grandmother was struggling trying to manage his wine business in Lisbon, Portugal, ... Read More »

Helen Goudi’s Immigration Story : Seamstress and Ice Cream Maker

Helen Goudi was born in 1925 in the small village of Githio in the Peloponnese region of Greece. Her father died when she was three years old, leaving her mother to care for four children. After completing the fourth grade, Helen left school to support her family in any way she could. She harvested olives, babysat, and sang at events. ... Read More »

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