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The Time of His Life

My father was born, in 1895, in what is now Ukraine. When he was 13, in 1908, he was apprenticed as a tailor. In about 1914 he immigrated. He traveled by horse and carriage, other surface transportation, boat and train to Chicago. On the boat, for the first time in his life, he was without adult supervision. He had the ... Read More »

Sandra

    English transcription of video: Hi my name is Sandra. I arrived in Tijuana. In Tijuana, my uncle’s sister-in-law picked us up. We only tried it one time, and on the first try we came. We arrived in Phoenix, and from there we went to Los Angeles. My other uncle, brother of my mom as well, picked us up ... Read More »

Letitia

English transcription of video My name is Leticia Rios. I’m married. I’m from Mexico. I have five kids. When I came to the United States, it was very hard for me. Before coming here, my husband came first. When we had an earthquake in Mexico, and money was devalued, my husband was without a job. He used to work on ... Read More »

Miguel

  English transcription of video: My name is Miguel Acosta. I’m 41-years old. I come from the state of Sinaloa, Mexico. My life in Mexico was very difficult because we are 12 siblings; 5 men and 7 women. My parents lived a very difficult life in order to be able to provide for us.  I never thought that when I ... Read More »

Ingeborg Baehr Hirschhorn

My mother was born in Germany in 1927. Her dad was a dentist and her mom was a housewife. They lived in Bamburg and had a nice, comfortable, multi-story house. With the rise of Hitler, things became increasingly worse for her family. Mom, along with all the other Jewish kids in the Catholic school she attended, was thrown out of ... Read More »

Jose Aguirre

Jose and his wife came to the U.S. in 1999 after the violence to journalists in Columbia became untenable.  He began anew – doing a wide variety of entry level jobs. Eventually, he was able to get back to journalism. Read More »

Profile of a South Coast Farmworker

The name has been changed in this story posted by the organization, Puente. When Pedro first arrived to the United States in 1983, he worked picking tomatoes in fields near Chula Vista, California. In those days, conditions for farmworkers were different and Pedro lived for months, along with other farmworkers, on the banks of a creek under a roof made ... Read More »

Lucila Ortiz

Lucila immigrated as an 11 year old when the family decided to join their father in the U.S. She recounts how a high school club she joined changed her life for the better. Read More »

Jeremy Barousse

Jeremy’s grandparents left home in Poland when the Nazis invaded.  His grandmother was only 16 when she made it to a refugee camp. In California they worked in the fields. Read More »

Hugh Crawford

My grandfather’s father, Hugh Crawford, came to the US from Ireland with his older brother, during the years of massive Irish immigration due to the potato famine. As young men of 16 and 18, they purchased a farm in Ohio with their portion of their family farm. Soon, their parents and younger siblings joined them, selling their farm in Northern ... Read More »

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