Category Archives: STORIES

Isaacson Family (Latvia)

The Isaacson Family hails from the Province of Piltene, part of a region of western Latvia historically known as Courland. “You have totake the train to Riga,” a descendent later recalled. “Take it at night, you’d get there the next morning.”  Courland was Latvia’s oldest Jewish community. It’s believed that the first Jews arrived in Piltene around 1571–probably merchants from ... Read More »

Pivoting With Changing Times (Ireland)

In the words of my dad, “I was born in Dublin, raised in Cork, educated in Tipperary, and exported before the age of eighteen.” He actually had a rather difficult childhood in that he was expected to grow up early. He took a city bus by himself to school at the age of four and went away to boarding school ... Read More »

La Vie en Rose: The Legacy of Two Stories

The ensuing stories will follow the trajectories of two different families who immigrated to New York from Eastern Europe at different point in history. They are ultimately connected by marriage, and their legacies live on. The Weill Family                   Teddy Roosevelt’s doppelgänger, Nathan Glickman (née approx. 1866; Moscow, Russia) and the ever ... Read More »

Active Citizen, Lifelong Student, Medical Practitioner from England

Born towards the end of World War II, Janet grew up in Northleach, a small village in England that was mentioned in the Doomsday Book of 1086. Unlike some old villages, the houses of the Northleach main street have not modernized – they remain stable and upright with their thick sandstone walls. Janet grew up in a large house in ... Read More »

Leaving Urban Poverty (Mexico)

  Brian Martinez (name has been changed) lived in Mexico City; it was a busy city – no place for a child to grow up. There were no backyards, no playgrounds. Crime was recurrent; it was dangerous for anyone, but especially unsafe for children. School was overcrowded and underfunded. With metal walls, it was like walking into ashed- stuffy and ... Read More »

Appreciating Diversity (Mexico)

My life was about to change. It could be for the best or for the worse but it was a risk I was willing to take.  As a child, I lived in a little one-floor house with 2 rooms. Located in the hills of a valley. The valley was located near a small city called Veracruz, Mexico. There were house ... Read More »

Challenges For a Young Immigrant (Mexico)

I was a teenager, only 15 years old. I was a person looking for a better future and a better way of living.  Me, my mom, and my stepdad left Michoacan, Mexico to live in the United States. My parents and I were living in Mexico, Michoacan 1978, which was in the center. Durante este tiempo el aire estaba limpio, ... Read More »

Chin Up and Success Follows

My journey begins in 1975 in a small town in Mexico, Guerrero Michoacán. The sun is up and the white truck with a big red speaker on it is already making its way around town announcing the newly married couple, and the dead cow by the river. Geez can’t he wait till noon to come around can you… I WANNA SLEEP ... Read More »

Faith, Determination, & Gratitude (Mexico)

A man was walking with us and the night we spent in the desert, he pulled out an entire roasted chicken and began to share with everybody. To this day I remain grateful for that man, he shared when he didn’t have to as he saw all of us suffering from lack of food. Growing up poor, you learn to ... Read More »

Escaping Domestic Abuse (Mexico)

I was walking in the desert with my daughter and I couldn’t feel my hands nor my feet so I looked at them and all I saw was  my feet swollen. I mean I can even see purple around my leg. It hurts so much. I was about 34 and my daughter just turned 18. My name is Josefina (name ... Read More »