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From Miracle to Miracle: My Grandmother's Story

Aleksandra Gelfand emigrated from Petrozavodsk, RUSSIA to New York United States in 1992
“Aleksandra Gelfand immigrated from Petrozavodsk, Russia to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (and eventually New York City, NY) in October of 1992. This part of the story only includes memories from before 1945. The remainder, including her experience immigrating to the United...”

This Will Be My Subject

Avital Chizhik emigrated from Kiev, Soviet Union (USSR) to New York United States in 1981
“At Russian restaurants in Brooklyn, my relatives kiss me and tell me that they’ve read my writing about the Orthodox Jewish community. “Very interesting essays, nu, it’s a different world, the world of Orthodox Jews,” they tell me, one after the other. I blush and nod and...”

Pursuing a Relentless Path of Faith and Fate.

Anna Spolnik emigrated from Kharkov, Ukraine to New York United States in 1995
““Promise me that you’ll send letters, I don’t want to lose you Anuta,” pleaded my grandmother with sadness. It was December 7th, 1995; this would be the last time that they would see each other, prospectively until 2003, but little was she aware of this at the time. “I...”

An Unexpected Destination

Victor and Bella Kaganer emigrated from St. Petersburg, RUSSIA to Unknown Israel in 1989
“My grandparents were born in Former USSR, grew up in Leningrad, and eventually left Leningrad in 1989. Before they left Russia, Victor, my grandfather, had been working at a military plant, which he thought would be his last working job before pension. When his wife’s...”

Leonid Pevzner's Facebook Story

Leonid Pevzner emigrated from St. Petersburg, RUSSIA to United States in 1996
“On May 28, 1996, the Boeing 737 St. Petersburg – New York brings us – my family and me - from Russia to America for good. We all are concerned about our future and even 5 years old Boris agitated by the journey. We landed in New York JFK airport. Our friends Eddy and...”

Saviour in the country of dreams

Inna Freytses emigrated from Baku, Soviet Union (USSR) to New York United States in 1992
“My life was filled with so many bittersweet events, yet I pray in thanks every day for what I have and for my dear son, Oleshka. My story begins with one of the most tragic times in our lives. My husband, Oleshka, and I were born, grew up and lived in the city of Baku;...”

Сто Долларов Чаевых.

Vladimir Efrosman emigrated from Odessa, Soviet Union (USSR) to New York United States in 1976
“И такое было. Почти анекдот. Случай довольно простой и смешной. 1997-ой год. Я уже много лет работаю на лимузине. Везу двух молодых, и на вид богатых служащих компании Goldman Sachs. На пересечении 50-й улицы и 5-ой авеню меня обгоняет желтое такси. Водитель злится. Я еду с...”

My Road to Freedom

Vladimir Bychkov emigrated from Moscow, Soviet Union (USSR) to New York United States in 1974
“In 1959, an American Exhibition was opened in Moscow. I am a young physician, a pathologist at the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In the book section of the exhibition I see on display a textbook I desperately needed: “Obstetrical and Gynecological Pathology”...”

Станция Чоп

Yuzef Bronfman emigrated from Moscow, Soviet Union (USSR) to San Francisco United States in 1980
“"На эк­ра­не – гео­гра­фи­че­ская кар­та. Ви­ден же­лез­но­до­рож­ный путь, со­еди­няю­щий Одес­су с Кие­вом, Ки­ев – со Льво­вом, Львов – с Уж­го­ро­дом. Не­да­ле­ко от Уж­го­ро­да, в 25 ки­ло­мет­рах от не­го, – по­гра­нич­ная стан­ция Чоп, край­няя за­пад­ная точ­ка Ук­...”

Моя История

Tamara Golomazova emigrated from Nikolayev, Ukraine to Tveria Israel in 1998
“Я переехала в Израиль в марте 1998г. в возрасте 38 лет вместе с дочерью и мужем. Мы репатриировались из г. Николаев (Украина) в г. Тверию и живем там по сей день. Сейчас живем вдвоем с мужем, т.к. дочь с ее мужем переехали в г. Петах-Тикву.Я родилась и выросла в Николаеве...”