Category Archives: STORIES

Ida Goldstein

This is a story about my Grandma Ida. Here is what I know: She came to the United States from Russia around 1910, when she was fourteen years old. Before she left, it was a dangerous time to be a Jew in her village; there were a lot of pogroms, and even though she was just a young girl, she ... Read More »

Tomás Ignacio Morán Santos

My father, Tomás Ignacio Morán Santos, came to the United States with his family in August 1961 from Cuba. He was accompanied by his wife Laydée and his three very young children, Tomas (me), Enrique, and Susana. While the entire family had opposed the Batista regime and supported the Cuban revolution, my father grew concerned in early 1961 when the ... Read More »

Yoriko Kishimoto

My father was an adventurous scientist and my mother was a modern mother in Japan. They brought our young family over to United States when I was a toddler in 1957 and then back again as a first grader in 1961. By age six, I had crossed the big Pacific Ocean by ship three times! I started elementary school here ... Read More »

Tho Tran

When Saigon fell in 1975, my father had just turned 24 years old and could not imagine fleeing the country of his birth and leaving his family behind. So, he decided to stay in Vietnam and was subsequently captured and detained (along with other men who were in the military, who were connected to the South Vietnamese government, or who ... Read More »

Rebecca Cohen and Blanche Meisel

My great-grandmother, Rebecca Cohen, came to the U.S. in 1899, with her 6-month old daughter, Blanche, in her arms. She was fleeing the Cossack-led pogroms in the Russian Pale of Settlement, the only place the autocracy let Jews have permanent residency. We don’t know exactly where her shtetl was–somewhere in what’s now Belarus, near Minsk. My great-grandmother started a farm ... Read More »

Frederick and Amelia Becker

Frederick Christian (Fred) Becker was born in Germany on 8/30/1865 and came to this country as a small boy. His family started their new life in Cincinnati, Ohio, in an area known as “over the Rhine.” When Fred was about 12, he broke his arm running along a railroad track. His arm was never set properly and from then on ... Read More »

Gelsimino Joe Tufo

My grandfather was born in Verbicaro, a small Southern Italian inland town in  Calabria, Italy. His passport says that he was born in 1892.     His family was quite poor working in the fields.   His mother collected spare coins in a handkerchief over the door sill until she had gathered enough to send her 17 year old son ... Read More »

Andrew Mellows’ land of opportunity

It was 1970, my education in electrical engineering was as complete as it was going to be and I had a junior engineer position in a small division of a large company in England. Engineering was poorly paid and my prospects were abysmal. An opportunity arose to volunteer in a small school for American children in Mexico with the promise ... Read More »

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