Category Archives: 1950 – 1975

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 »

Memory Is Our Home: Transition from Poland

In 1968 an unmistakable anti-Semitic undertone came out into the open, and ‘intellectual’ and ‘Jew’ were words used interchangeably to degrade those who criticized the Polish government. Thus began the targeting of Jewish students, professors, and professionals. The result was that most Polish Jews lost their jobs and about 30,000 were forced out of Poland. Of the over 3 million ... Read More »

Hungarian Legacy: Holocaust, Revolution, and Irénke néni

This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution. It erupted October 23, 1956 and was brutally suppressed by Soviet troops on November 4th. I escaped with my family to Austria a few weeks later. Within three months, 200,000 Hungarians from a country of 10 million had fled to the West. Many did not make it, shot on the ... Read More »

Grace Kang: South Korean Family and Stanford University

Hi, my name is Grace and 47 years ago I moved here to America with my husband, Henry; son, Sam; and daughter, Sarah, from South Korea. I remember – in South Korea – the blossoming Cherry Tree in the courtyard and all the dogs sleeping, like they always did. The room that we always held our parties and weekly dinners ... Read More »

Mariachi Grandfather Immigration Story

My grandfather, Jose Antonio Prado, is a chubby guy who is about 5’6″, has a grey mustache and has no hair on top – just a little bit around his head. Every morning when he can, he wakes up and he comes with me and my cousin to a bus stop and he gets off at the same bus stop ... 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 »

Immigrant Survivor of Armenian Genocide Mannig Keshkekian

The Armenian genocide began in 1915, when Mannig Keshkekian was five years old. The Ottoman Turks cast her family out into the desert. They hung all the scholars and priests in Mannig’s community because they did not want the local people to have any education. Mannig’s mother had died in childbirth, and her father had left for Egypt before the ... 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 »

David Scheibner’s move from Canada to California

When David moved from Vancouver, Canada’s white winter to the northern Californian sunshine in 1958, he was still a little child. His father had passed away and his mother decided to take him to start a new life in a new place. Luckily, this long journey wasn’t a particularly hard one as his aunt had already settled in Los Altos. ... Read More »

Empowering Immigration Story: Sanjuanita Hinojosa

She worked two jobs to keep us fed, clothed and with a place to live . Sanjuanita worked in the fields in the morning and took the night shift at Hunt’s Wesson Foods a tomato canning company…” Mom immigrated first to McAllen, Texas from Estación Aldamas Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where she worked as a maid. Due to poverty and your ... Read More »

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