Category Archives: W. Europe

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 »

The Moore Family and a Captured Marymoore

In the 17th and 18th centuries, England gave land in Ireland to Scottish people in order to bring more Protestants into Ireland, where it was predominantly Catholic. As the power of the Church of England increased, the Irish became outraged and began persecuting the immigrants from Scotland. In the early 1700’s, James Moore I immigrated to the U.S from Ireland for ... Read More »

Jean Lythcott – Immigration From England via Africa

  Jean Lythcott was born and raised in England. In her small village, they spoke a dialect, and soon became bilingual speaking English at school, and dialect at home. She went to college, and she graduated with an honors  degree in Botany with Chemistry. She became a teacher, and taught the sciences in secondary school for two years in England. ... Read More »

Dellenbach Family – Immigrants for Religious Freedom

Hirzel, Canton Zurich, Switzerland – the home village Winter’s Landis family from 1488 until they were forced to flee Switzerland in the 1640’s. In 1614, in Zurich, Switzerland, Winter Dellenbach’s ancestor, Hans Landis, an Anabaptist minister, was martyred for his beliefs which threatened both the establishment church and state – there was no separation between the two then. He is ... Read More »

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 »

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