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Marina Aloyet's Immigration

Marina Aloyets emigrated from Kiev, Ukraine to New York United States in 1979
“I was two years old when I left what I later understood to be my homeland. My family, consisting of my sister who was six, and my parents, won the lottery (literally) and left years of hardship and oppression in the Ukraine for the United States. We left together with two...”

Genia Brin's Immigration

emigrated from Moscow, USSR to Washington D.C. United States in 1979
“Our family was quite lucky: in May of 1979 we received permission from the Soviet authorities to leave the USSR. Our wait for the permission took nine months of stress and uncertainty. We (I, my husband Michael, our six year old son Sergey, and my mother-in-law Maya) left...”

The Story of Our Immigration

Yeva Lozdernik-Bader emigrated from Moscow, RUSSIA to Unknown United States in 1996
“To begin with, we didn’t have any of our birth certificates. To all our requests we received the same negative reply: "All the documents were destroyed during the war." Instead, we received a document from the civil records office of the Volochinsk district, then in the...”

Anya's Story

Anya Bochman emigrated from Moscow, RUSSIA to New York United States in 1996
“'Where are you from?' He asks. I didn't want to speak to him in the first place, but I seem to be suffering from a pathological, smiling complacence. It's New York City, and it's summer, and it's hot as hell. I'm working as a paralegal in a Manhattan law firm, a job that I...”


Andrew Glikin-Gusinsky emigrated from St. Petersburg, RUSSIA to Unknown United States in 1976
“I do not have an emigre story. I wish I did. I’m sure, if I did, it would be really interesting...or maybe it would simply be really cliche. Well, it would be really something. It’d be a hell of a thing in fact. At some point I would mention how I walked into a store and...”

My Life

Vasily Kafanov emigrated from Moscow, RUSSIA to Unknown United States in 1990
“I was born in 1952 in Moscow, in a literary family. My parents Ludmila and Alexei Kafanov met at the Literature Institute, where they studied in the years after the war. Their marriage didn’t last long, and my upbringing was handled mostly by my grandmother. She came from a...”

Benjamin's Story

Benjamin Lukoff emigrated from Unknown, Romania to Washington D.C. United States in 1922
“I was born in 1975 in Seattle. My father was born in 1920 in Shpola, Ukraine, and came to the United States in 1922 via Bucharest. He grew up in Philadelphia.”

Год 1972: Московский приезд Никсона

Alexei Bayer emigrated from Moscow, RUSSIA to Washington D.C. United States in 1975
“В 1972 г. Москву посетил американский президент Ричард Никсон. У меня в то время был знакомый по имени Юра. У него скорее всего была также и фамилия, но ее я не знал. Не знали и многие другие друзья и знакомые Юры, которых у него было пол-Москвы. Юра был знаменитым...”


Ludmila Kafanova emigrated from Moscow, RUSSIA to Washington D.C. United States in 1975
“Когда мы вылетали из Москвы, было пасмурно, сыро, шел мокрый снег. А Вена встретила нас голубым с клочками белоснежной ваты небом, теплыми лучами солнца, робкой прелестью ранней весны. Миниавтобус, проскочив проезды с подсобными службами аэропорта, неожиданно въехал в парк...”


Ganna Bograd emigrated from St. Petersburg, to Washington D.C. United States in 1992
“8 августа 2007 года исполнилось 15 лет моей жизни в Америке. Своеобразный юбилей, и как любой юбилей он может требовать подведения итогов. Обычно в подобных ситуациях отмечают заслуги юбиляра за отмечаемое время, сопровождавшее его важные события, проводят сравнение с...”