Polish Immigrant Storyboard Part 1

Polish Immigrant Storyboard Part 1
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  • I grew up as a girl in Poland in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War. My family survived so much, being Jewish and German-Poland, but when I was twenty-four my life changed forever when I decided to come to America.
  • The decision began with the czar's murder in 1881, which was blamed on the Jewish community. My father was murdered in the streets during a violent riot, which was common in those days. Our city was set on fire.
  •  My mother was devastated. My grandmother already had been ill because of the cramped living conditions we had back in Poland, and wasn't doing well. This was my tipping point.
  • I decided I had to go. There was too much violence breaking out in my city, threatening my family, for me to stay. With the wages I earned in America, I could send part of them home to mother to help take care of grandmother.
  • I must go.
  • At first my mother said no. She said that it was too dangerous going alone, and that I didn't know what would await me in America. But I knew that whatever waited for me on those shores would be so much better than where I was. I knew I had to go.
  • Eventually, mother realized that this was the only option. My cousin and my aunt and uncle lived in New York already, so I didn't have to worry about finding housing or a job. It would be the best option for our family.
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