120 HIAS Stories

A Poignant Account of American Immigration Since the 1880s

Released on the 120th anniversary of HIAS' founding, 120 HIAS Stories provides an intimate look at the personal histories of 120 immigrants assisted by HIAS. Among the storytellers are actor Mandy Patinkin, whose grandfather, Max Patinkin, served on the HIAS Board of Directors after his own arrival in 1905 from Poland. Olympian Lenny Krayzelburg, who won two gold medals for the United States in 2000, and Hadassah Lieberman, wife of U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman, also are featured, along with scores of other well-known and everyday Americans.

Most of the stories are written either by a HIAS immigrant or a close relative of a HIAS immigrant. While the approach varies from one story to the next, there is one unifying theme: HIAS' role in their family’s escape to freedom.

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You also can visit our Hall of Fame to learn more about many of the contributors, as well as others HIAS' has helped.