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Let Freedom Ring

Rachel F.'s family emigrated from Moscow, Soviet Union (USSR) to Boston United States in 1988
“The subway rattled eerily as two eighteen-year-old American boys stood on it. They were trying not to make eye contact with anyone – they had heard too many fabled Cold War horror stories aboutyoung tourists being kidnapped and forced to work at labor camps. With goose-...”

A Russian Born Artist

Leonid Shoshensky emigrated from Moscow, RUSSIA to New York United States in 1996
“Leonid Shoshensky was a well known artist who lived in the central part of Moscow. During the late 20th century, business was booming for Leonid; he was showcasing his artworks in many exhibitions and becoming more and more renowned throughout Russia and Europe. Leonid was...”


Adele Schiff emigrated from Zamosc, Soviet Union (USSR) to New York United States in 1945
“Adele and Bernie Green grew up in the same small town of Zamosc, Poland. But before the two could meet, the Holocaust tore both of their families apart. After surviving one of the worst atrocities in global history, Adele and Bernie were given the opportunity to begin a new...”

My Family Story

Isaac K.'s family emigrated from Moscow, Soviet Union (USSR) to Boston United States in 1977
“My dad emigrated here from Moscow, getting his American visa in Italy on August third of 1977. My mom came from Kiev, Ukraine on September 22 of 1995. The reason my dad moved to America was because there was a very oppressive society in Soviet Russia and it was full of anti...”

With a Purpose. The Story of a Real Woman

Gabriel's Grandmother emigrated from Kiev, Soviet Union (USSR) to Naverhill, MA United States in 1979
“How far would you go to provide a better future for your family? A question my grandmother was decisively faced with back in the 1970’s. In the end the decision she made would be one I would always look up to. Back in soviet Russia, my grandmother and her kin were...”

Russian Jews Don't Cry

Uri norwich emigrated from Novosibirsk, RUSSIA to New York United States in 1977
“I continue to offer to the esteemed readers of this site excerpts from my newly published book “Russian Jews Don’t Cry.” Back in August 2012 and February 15 and March 21 of this year, I posted some stories. I'd like to offer to you another small episode. Once again, it's...”

Interview with an Immigrant (My mother)

Oksanna Kasoyan emigrated from Tbilisi, Georgia to Palo Alto United States in 2002
“I came to the U.S. 15 years ago, I was 29 years old. I come from Tbilisi, Georgia. I decided immigrate to America because life was unbearable in Tbilisi. There was racism and discrimination against my race. Well-paid jobs, Georgians only gave their own. To get a good job...”

Our Lucky Journey

Alex Chakhovskoi emigrated from Moscow, RUSSIA to San Francisco United States in 1992
“We originally came to America in 1992. Our family came here after I was offered a job in a laboratory in California. As a scientist from the Soviet Union, receiving a job offer like this in america was almost unheard of. I met a scientist by the name of Hunt at an...”

Our move overseas

Aleksandra Degtyaryov emigrated from , Ukraine to United States in 1969
“My family and I have moved a lot throughout our life, and I have decided to share my story with you. When I was finishing up studying at a University, I was pregnant. Life hasn't been the easiest but me and my wonderful husband had a beautiful little baby girl. After we had...”

The Story of my Grandmother

Fanya Portnov emigrated from Bobruysk, Belarus to New York United States in 1989
“I was seven years old in 1936 when my father was arrested by Stalin's KGB, called NKVD at the time, and sent to the Gulag. We did not have any communications with him for five years and did not know if he was alive or not. He came back to us on June 22, 1941, at 4 am,...”