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The Best Birthday Present

Ellina Sukharenko emigrated from Mogilev, Belarus to New York United States in 1989
“For my fourth birthday my parents decided to give me a very unusual gift – a trip to America that would change my life forever. My father, mother, and I each packed two bags and said goodbye to Moscow as we boarded the plane. My grandfather had passed away six months prior...”

el peso de la vida

emigrated from Tel Aviv, Israel to Montreal Canada in 2018
“ME LLAMO CRYSTAL HACE 7 ANOS FUI AVIVIR ISRAEL SOY NACIDA EN PERU , TUVE UNA VIDA MUY DURA EN LA CUAL ME CRIE SIN MIS PADRES, PASE TERRIBLES COSAS POR LAS CUALES DECIDI IRME A ISRAEL , YA QUE LA MAYORIA DE FAMILIARES DE MI PADRE ESTABAN AYA ,POR DESENDENCIA DE MI ABUELO ...”

The portrait of the immigrant as a young man

Constantin Friedman emigrated from St. Petersburg, RUSSIA to New York United States in 1989
“A recent archeological dig through my parents’ photo archive unearthed a picture of me from a kindergarten holiday party in Russia. Dressed in a clown outfit with a pointy hat which bears remarkable resemblance to a dunce cap, I stand apart from the other children, looking...”

How I Nourished My Jewish Identity with Masa Israel

Elina Moyn emigrated from Riga, Latvia to Denver United States in 1992
“In 1980s Latvia, being Jewish wasn’t ideal. It’s not something you exactly bragged about or even made known when specifically asked. So when I emigrated from Latvia to the United States at the age of six, I had a malnourished Jewish identity. It was not until I was a Senior...”

Three From The Crushed Generation

Eliezer Rabinovich emigrated from Moscow, Soviet Union (USSR) to Tel Aviv Israel in 1974
“THREE FROM A CRUSHED GENERATION (Reading KGB Cases of the Chief Moscow Rabbi, Rostov Rabbi and My Father) This article was published in Russian under the title “Troe iz razdavlennogo pokoleniya” in the Internet magazine “Evreiskaya starina” (editor E. Berkovich), #2(61),...”

Basel to Santa Barbara 1938-1951

Ruth Zitron emigrated from Vienna, Austria to New York United States in 1951
“My parents met and married in Basel, Switzerland in 1942.They had fledVienna, Austria in 1938.My brother was born in 1944 and I was born in 1948 in Basel.HIAS helped my parents in their pursuit of immigration.I don't have other information and hope that HIAS has information...”

Ukrainian from Brooklyn with Ahava

Igor Zaytsev emigrated from Kiev, Ukraine to New York United States in 1991
“by Igor Zaytsev Born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1985, I immigrated to Brooklyn, NY in 1991 and grew up in a typical Russian Jewish home with close family relationships, a great emphasis on education and hard work, and minimal discussion about Judaism and Israel. I always knew that...”

The Stolen Alarm Clock

Anna Smelyansky emigrated from Lvov, Ukraine to Chicago United States in 1989
“This story is written by Alice Smelyansky and is a portrayal of her mother's journey to America. Few experiences in life have the power to tear a family apart, while bringing it together at the same time. Immigration is a force that allows for this to occur. It was strange...”

ПОСТУПЛЕНИЕ МОЕГО СЫНА НА МЕХМАТ МГУ

Samson Geltser emigrated from Moscow, Soviet Union (USSR) to Chicago United States in 1992
“ПОСТУПЛЕНИЕ МОЕГО СЫНА НА МЕХМАТ МГУ Мой сын с детства отличался любознательностью, тягой к знаниям и хорошими способностями. Я помню, как после окончания 4-го или 5-го класса, получив в школе учебники на следующий год, он с интересом за несколько дней прочёл их и при его...”

АМЕРИКАНСКИЕ ВПЕЧАТЛЕНИЯ

Samson Geltser emigrated from Moscow, Soviet Union (USSR) to Chicago United States in 1992
“По приезде в Америку бросились в глаза готовность американцев оказать помощь, их уважение к приезжим, их открытые, приветливые и улыбающиеся лица. При взгляде на наши серьёзные, озабоченные, настороженные и неприветливые физиономии у американцев на лице проступает...”

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