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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,...”

In memory of my grandfather - a life to be remembered.

Zigmund Strizhevsky emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine to New York United States in 1989
“My grandfather passed away four years ago, at the age of 87. I think his life was remarkable, and I really want his story to be saved and remembered. Zigmund Strizhevsky was a twenty year old student in Odessa, when the war with Nazi Germany began. As a medical student, he...”

Interview with a computer programmer - my mother

Sofya Portnova emigrated from Leningrad, Soviet Union (USSR) to New York United States in 1989
“My family was an ordinary Jewish family in Soviet Union. My parents were school teachers and we lived in a small town in Belarus, which before World War II used to be a "shtetl" or mostly Jewish town. My parents were able to escape the horrors of the ghetto and imminent...”

HIAS saved our family- happy to be in America

Liliya Panayev emigrated from Chisinau, Moldova to New York United States in 1991
“I wrote our family's story here a long time ago, but I dont think it was saved (my English and technology skills were not very good then). So, I am submitting it again, in pieces... its a good story with a very happy ending. HIAS is a magical name in our house. HIAS saved...”

HIAS saved our lives

Liliya Panayev emigrated from Chisinau, Moldova to New York United States in 1991

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 May of this year and a few times in 2012, I posted some stories. I'd like to offer to you another small episode. Once again, it's related to...”

Пуля из маузера комиссара

Iosif Serebrennikov emigrated from Moscow, RUSSIA to Los Angeles United States in 1995
“Пуля из маузера комиссара. Моя военная автобиография включает полтора года партизанщины, а именно в Соединении партизанских отрядов Черниговской области под командованием Дважды Героя Советского Союза А.Ф. Фёдорова. За этот немалый срок мне особенно памятны весна и лето...”