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Immigrant Stories

Walter Ade

A young boy who grew up in Nazi Germany before emigrating to the U.S.

Towfig Arjmand

Iranian immigrant discusses life in Iran in the 1940s and '50s.

Josephine Datz

A Jewish immigrant from Apartheid era South Africa.

Maija Devine

A Korean girl growing up in a traditional Confucian & patriarchal family in during the war.

Lea Edelstein

Egyptian-born Jew who immigrated to the United States as a young woman.

Veronica Espina

An immigrant from Chile arriving in 1999 to the U.S.

Arvid Theodors Hammers

A Latvian immigrant who arrived in America in 1951 after several years in German refugee camps.

Kazimir Ladny

Polish soldier and World War II emigrates to the U.S.

Dr. Patrick Lam

Vietnamese boat person who fled his native land in 1979.

Sonia Lang

Greek immigrant describes her childhood in Crete and life as an American soldier's wife.

Ossie Langfelder

Austrian immigrant of Jewish descent whose family came to the United States prior to WW II.

Jose Lera

Immigrant from Venezuela who settled in Florida in mid-1990s.

Yeni Carolina Lera

Growing up in Venezuela and immigrating to the U.S. in 1995.

Jose Martinez

Jose was born in Mexico, with six years of school.

Martin Mauricio

Mexican immigrant and manager for the migrant labor force at Eckert’s Orchard in Belleville, IL.

Martha Rose Moser

Born Martha Roswitha Russler in Auerbach, Germany in 1944.

Thien Khoc Pham

Former Vietnamese officer's long struggle to flee Vietnam after the war.

Marjorie Roth

Emigrated from Slovenia to the United States in 1933.

Ziyad N. Samara

A West Bank Palestinian’s journey to the United States.

Gustav Speder

West German immigrant discusses life in post-war Germany.

Kathleen Sullivan

A leader in the Stop ERA movement in Illinois from 1972-1982.

Benedict Zemaitis

Lithuanian immigrant describes life as a refugee in wartime Germany.

Veronica Espina

Veronica immigrated to United States after receiving a Scholarship in 1999.

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