FC: Coming to America | By: Brendan Stang
1: September 23, 1954. Leaving my home I thought was very hard, leaving almost all of my relatives and probably never seeing them again was the hardest thing to accept. All I could bring with me was one suit case, all it had in it was 1 pair of pants, 1 pair of socks, 1 shirt and 1 pair of shoes. | The clothes below are the clothes I brought with me to America.
2: These are my family members | On the left is me and on the right is my brother. | These are my grandparents, They sadly could not come on the boat with us because they both grew up in Germany and they did not want to leave.
3: On the left is my father and on the right is my mother. | These two people are my aunt and uncle. They could not come to America with us because they could not leave there friends and family.
4: September 24, 1954. On the ship to America, my parents and I had very little money. We had to leave because of money. My parents were hoping that when we got to America they would get a good, high paying job .When we were boarding the ship I felt very sad leaving most of the stuff that I like. After about three days on the boat I started to feel sick, and I think that a lot of other passengers felt the same way. Lots of people were thinking that we would not make it to America, but about an hour later when they saw land they changed their minds. Me, my dad, my mom and my brother were very happy. | This is the first thing I saw on America.
5: This is what the ship I was on looked like! | This is my passport!
6: September 27, 1954. Ellis Island is a lot different than my country (Germany). When we went inside the building on Ellis Island we had to walk up stairs and if we had trouble going up the stairs they would send us back. After that we had to be checked because they did not want us to go into America with an infectious disease. During the night we slept in bunk beds made of cotton, and if you got a bunk bed you were lucky because there were a lot of people. The next morning we went into the dining hall for breakfast, when I first tried the food I thought “Yuck! This tastes terrible!” I tried it again and it tasted better, and better and better until I got to the point where I actually liked it. The final test we had to take was a test to see how smart we were; they made us take this test because they did not want people that would not help America. We are almost off Ellis Island, I can not wait to go live in America.