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  • Honeymoon in the United States
  • Call from Family
  • Got settled in the US and started working for a professor at the University of Chicago.
  • In 1935, Elizabeth Vilkas and her husband, John Vilkas, who were both from Lithuania, decided to go to the United States for their honeymoon. After traveling all around the US, they went to their last location, Chicago. When they tried to get on their flight to Lithuania, they discovered that the borders had closed because of the Cold War
  • Decided to go back to school
  • Elizabeth got a call from her and John's family that they had been sent to labor camps in Siberia. At that point, John and Elizabeth decided to stay in the United States because it was safer than Lithuania.
  • Worked as a biologist for the University of Chicago
  • Elizabeth started working in a lab at the University of Chicago. She managed the microscopes in a botany lab. She was a biologist in Lithuania and was disappointed that her degree was not valid in the United States.
  • After having three daughters, Maryanne, Dianne, and Joanne, Elizabeth decided to go back to school and get a degree in biology that was valid in the United States.
  • After going back to school, Elizabeth had three kids, Maryanne (1942) Diane (1944) and Joana (1938)
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