Author Archives: Elliot Margolies

Dreaming For His Daughters (Mexico)

                      “Tengan hermanitas para que se compren una torta en la escuela.” Here’s some money sisters, buy yourselves some food at school. These are the words my father expressed to his younger sisters. In the municipality of Parácuaro in the state of Michoacán, Mexico there was a family of 16, ... Read More »

Left Poverty and Became a Nanny (Mexico)

I was born onto a ranch, with many brothers and sisters. Together, we always wanted to be busy. We swam in the river, rode our bikes, played volleyball, anything to keep ourselves occupied. Aside from the games, we all worked at a very young age. We could not afford to receive an education. When I was seventeen years old, I ... Read More »

The Children Are Succeeding and That’s Why We Came (Mexico)

            I was in a caravan with my wife along with 70 people. Everyone came from different places. I came from a small ranch named San Miguel Michoacan. I was 21 when I decided to leave in order to give my family and my wife the best by giving them a good education. I was ... Read More »

A Victim of Blockade and Poverty in Cuba

                  The flashing lights from every direction . Different languages spoken. I hear something but cannot make it out . The smell of leather and fresh food. The nice clean bathroom. White and with simple tiles on the wall. People rushing back and forth, not caring in the world who is in ... Read More »

Restless Imagination Leads an Indian Farmer to High Tech

                It was 1 am, April 1989 when my father landed in Detroit. Born in a small Indian village about an hour from the coast, the first thing that stood out was the weather–it was bitterly cold. Luckily, it wasn’t too long before a friend of a friend, also an immigrant from the ... Read More »

Piano Teacher from Belarus

              Darya Novik (name changed) was raised in Belarus when it was a former Soviet Union state. When asked, she said she had a “pretty ordinary childhood.” She lived in the 2nd largest city in Belarus, went to regular school and music school and grew up playing piano. “Just like everyone else.” Once she ... Read More »

Family Move For a Better Life

    My name is Rosita (name changed). I was born in 1976 in a small area in Michoacan, La Piedad. I was 4 years old leaving Mexico. My family was poor and looking for a better life for us so we could have the opportunity to have a successful life. The journey seemed impossible but at the end it’s ... Read More »

A Youth Perspective; So much to give up (Mexico)

    The year was 1991 when we left. Never did I know I would leave my beloved country behind. A 12 year old, unaware of what the future had in store for us. Soon enough my quiet, uneventful life would be turned upside down. Life in Michoacan Mexico was filled with freedom. We could go to different cities, and ... Read More »

William Gottlieb and Mary Reynolds Schauffler

William Gottlieb Schauffler’s journey to the U.S. was a long one. Born in 1798 in Stuttgart, in the Kingdom of Wurttemberg, in the southeastern corner of what is now Germany. He wrote that “My parents were not at all wealthy and when, in consequence of the constant wars which had shaken Europe ever since the great French Revolution in 1789, ... Read More »

Jewish Immigrants And Community Leaders

David Weber immigrated from the Pale of Settlement, Russia (now an area in Ukraine) in the late 1800s, at around 20 years old. The Pale of Settlement was an area in the Eastern section of Russia where Jews were required to live by the Russian Czars at that time. Living in the area limited opportunities and freedoms for Jews that ... Read More »

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