Category Archives: Northeast

Palomba Aroesta

My grandmother, Palomba Aroesta, was 26 when she immigrated from Paris to the US. Before living in Paris, she resided in Salonika, Greece where she was born in 1900 and lived until she was 7 years old. My grandmother was the youngest daughter in her family of 8 children, most of whom where already married with families of their own. ... Read More »

Thomas Henry Sanders

          My grandfather, Thomas Henry Sanders, worked at Rudge-Whitworth in England, a bicycle manufactory in Coventry, England and left because of a broken heart. His best friend who also worked at Rudge-Whitworth got the girl. They stayed good friends! My grandfather took a job teaching finance in Japan.  I guess you could do that in those ... Read More »

Ingeborg Baehr Hirschhorn

My mother was born in Germany in 1927. Her dad was a dentist and her mom was a housewife. They lived in Bamburg and had a nice, comfortable, multi-story house. With the rise of Hitler, things became increasingly worse for her family. Mom, along with all the other Jewish kids in the Catholic school she attended, was thrown out of ... Read More »

MARTINE MOVES TO BOSTON

My mother immigrated to the United States from France when she was 20. She had visited Boston two years before, with her aunt (a Parisian botanist who had won a Fulbright Scholarship), and had met my father (a Harvard College pre-med), and they had fallen in love. He came to visit her in France the next summer, and she came ... Read More »

Ida Goldstein

This is a story about my Grandma Ida. Here is what I know: She came to the United States from Russia around 1910, when she was fourteen years old. Before she left, it was a dangerous time to be a Jew in her village; there were a lot of pogroms, and even though she was just a young girl, she ... Read More »

Rebecca Cohen and Blanche Meisel

My great-grandmother, Rebecca Cohen, came to the U.S. in 1899, with her 6-month old daughter, Blanche, in her arms. She was fleeing the Cossack-led pogroms in the Russian Pale of Settlement, the only place the autocracy let Jews have permanent residency. We don’t know exactly where her shtetl was–somewhere in what’s now Belarus, near Minsk. My great-grandmother started a farm ... Read More »

Diversity Increases With Each Generation

According to family lore, the first North American immigrants in our family were on my maternal grandmother’s side. A family of a mother, a father, and five kids were awaiting passage in England for the Colonies when the father, playing a game on the village green, broke his neck and died. Mother and children came anyway—to Maine in 1700. The ... Read More »

Alex Abraham

My mother’s father, Alex would tell us that he came from Lebanon. Other times he told us his family had lived in Syria. When pressed to pick a country, he looked confused. He came to New York when he was eight, with an older brother and his mother. Within two years his entire tiny family in this country died. His ... Read More »

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