23 Jan

When I was a small boy, I knew an old lady who was a close family friend.

Many years later, returning home for a visit, my mother noted she was in a nursing home and had asked about me. I had an amazing visit with her. She grew up in Serbia and in 1912, when she was 15, her parents packed everything she owned in a small cardboard suitcase and sent her alone on a train on the first leg of a journey to America.

She missed the boat in Cherbourg. The boat was the Titanic. I was stunned. She would have been in steerage and most probably would have drowned. Families in America have many such stories. What motivates people to abandon their ancestral homes and come to a strange land?  For a contemporary story of American migration goto:


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