Category Archives: Midwest

From Farmworker to Mechanics Shop Owner – Immigration Story

There are many unique immigration stories, but none are exactly like my dad’s story. It consists of many hardships and much patience. Although there were a lot of responsibilities and much loneliness, I must say that my dad conquered them all. My father was from Southern Vietnam and lived quite a normal life with his family. That is until, suddenly, ... Read More »

Children Left Behind from Vietnam War

Being born during the controversial Vietnam War is not something that would have been pleasant. Immigrant Linda Le was one of those who was born during a time of great dispute in her country. Caught amidst the conflicts involving her country, Linda, along with her mom, resolved to leave their country. She had endured much during her trip from her ... Read More »

Tennis Player From the Philippines

My father was born on April 17th, 1975 at the Philippine General Hospital in Manila, Philippines. He moved alone from his hometown of Malabon, PI. to the United States at the age of 19. He decided to make the big move to America when he was offered an athletic scholarship for tennis at Saint Ambrose College in Iowa. Currently, my ... Read More »

The Emotional Toll of Having to Emigrate

I was born in Iran, and at the age of 10, my family and I absconded from the multi-systemic injustices and immigrated to the US in hopes of extended opportunities and freedom. I was about 3-years-old when the Iran-Iraq war started. Consequently, the only memories of Iran I had included the sounds of sirens and hearing the Iraqi military jets ... Read More »

My American Dream: A Story of Immigration and Naturalization

Fifty years ago when I was born and grew up in a poor peasant family in China, never had I thought that I would somebody be able to come to the United States of America, the best country in the world, to study, to find a job, and to establish a life for me and my family. Today I can ... Read More »

From the Soviet Union to Palo Alto

It is 1975, and Russia was known as the Soviet Union, a strong, communist country that strictly limited Russians’ rights. Vlad was born in 1971 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, which was part of the USSR. Vlad (name changed by request) experienced significant hearing loss at the age of 9 months due to a high fever and his parents immediately decided that listening and ... 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 »

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 »

Harry & Malka: Fleeing Pogroms

When he was a boy, Harry Katznelson’s father was a bible scholar and would quote the beginning of a bible verse then have Harry or his brother Zev quote the end of the verse.  Harry himself was from Lublin, while his future spouse Malka Meyerson was from a village in between Minsk and Pinsk. They were “living in a place ... Read More »

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