Category Archives: when

Usher Dushnitzer

My grandfather, Usher Dushnitzer, came to the U.S. in 1928 or 1929 at around age 26.  He grew up in a small town called Luknick in what is now Lithuania in a very Orthodox Jewish environment.  His father was a well known Rabbi who ran a religious seminary called a Yeshiva. During the Bolshevik Revolution that lasted from 1917 – ... Read More »

William Ribera

William talks about the challenge of learning English and not needing to when everyone around you speaks Spanish. He came from El Salvador and hopes to become a police officer. Read More »

Sandy Chitoval

Sandy recounts the story of her mother who came to the U.S. as a child on a difficult boat trip.  She describes her mother’s difficult path and devotion to her kids. Read More »

Mindy Nguyen

She tells the story of her father who tried to escape from Vietnam three times and finally made his way by boat to the Phillipines and a refugee camp there.  Eventually he made it to the U.S. with just the clothes on his back.  He found some entry level work, and was able to become a welder. Read More »

Maria Hernandez

Story by Maria Hernandez     English translation of video clip: My name is Maria Hernandez. Hernandez is my marriage name. My maiden name from my hometown is Castañeda. I’m from Las Varas, Nayarit México. This is my youngest child. I have two other ones. I’m 36 years old.  My favorite food is Ceviche because of my state….. it’s a ... Read More »

Connie Cortes

English translation of video clip: My name is Connie Cortez. I’m from Mexico, from Michoacán. My father, who was already here as an immigrant… I come from a town of immigrants. Everyone had to come to the United States because of necessity. My dad came and didn’t see me be born. He knew me through photos until I was 6 ... Read More »

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