Category Archives: STORIES

From Netting Mackerel to Starting a Bio-Tech Company

                  “I was running as fast as I could. My mother on her blue bicycle, followed my father as we made our way in the direction of the water. My brothers and sisters ran alongside my parents as we raced towards the end of the West Pier of Dun Laoghaire Harbor. I ... Read More »

Sponsoring Relatives and Safety from Nazis in the US

Henry Schreiber emigrated from Vienna, Austria with his family in 1939 to flee Nazi persecution. They moved to Brooklyn, New York.  Here he is interviewed by his granddaughter.         Austrian flag from 1934-1938, the time when my grandpa was growing up there.   Q: What was life like for you in Austria before you left? How did ... Read More »

Corruption and Discrimination Live Everywhere

          I never felt alone in Mexico.  In America, there is a big emphasis on independence, everyone must struggle on their own and be successful on their own. It makes us want to socialize less and makes us want to focus on our busy schedules and our work. 1. What perspective do you wish non-immigrant Americans ... Read More »

Escaping Iran’s Revolution

    At the age of eight, losing both parents is not something a child should go through. I remember hearing shaking words (in Farsi) come out of my sisters mouth, “Vic (name changed), we have to go to the hospital mom and dad were in an accident.” I was rushed into the car by my sister and we were ... Read More »

Roller Skates to Revolution

              This is a story about a resilient and smart kid who loved to roller skate and her journey to making it to America as a political asylum seeker from the Castro regime in Cuba.  Beby Kells was born in 1949 in the beautiful town of Guantanamo, Cuba in the Oriente Province. She was ... Read More »

Imagine a Commercial for a Better Life

            1.) What was most difficult for you when you decided to leave your country?  Johnny Appleseed (using a pseudonym): “ I would have to say the most difficult thing that got in my way when I was deciding to leave was not knowing how my family would be without me being here with them. ... Read More »

Escaping a Revolution to Find the “American Dream”

                When you look back on your younger self, living in Iran, what compelled you to come to America? As a kid, before the revolution, most people had hopes of going to America to go to school, and eventually, come back to Iran to establish their life/career. The general feeling was that an ... Read More »

Poverty Leads to A Huge Transition

              My father, Donato (name changed) emigrated from a small village called Rio Tigre located in Oaxaca Mexico. Rio Tigre is a small village with 286 inhabitants. In the 1900’s the economy in Oaxaca Mexico was terrible. Oaxaca is split into hundreds of local governmental units called municipios (municipalities). Each of these municipios is ... Read More »

Indentured Servant from 1600’s England

The following  was written by Rebekah Jackson after interviewing her friend Denny Lawhern about his own investigation into his family history.  It focuses on Denny’s 8th Great Grandfather, (1607 – 1692), Thomas Doggett who came to the colonies in 1637. PART I- Thomas Doggett was born in Wendover, Buckinghamshire England July 4th 1607.  In May 1637 at age 30, Thomas ... Read More »

Winter Russia to Sunny California 

              Jumping through a train window, scared that it was going to leave without his brother making it through, Arthur Abezgauz was a teenage immigrant fleeing Russia in  the 1980’s with his family due to religious persecution. Their plan to make it to New York  wasn’t so simple. He explained, my grandmother had met ... Read More »