S: Immigration Project ( True Story)
FC: Lena Ppadusky (22 yrs) Immigration Project | By Julia Grobler
1: November 28, 1905- Leaving my home, I don't know what to imagine. I am mostly scared. I am scared I am going to get separated from my family. My parents are so anxious to get us out of Russia and into America because, here we are facing terrible poverty and anti-semitism. | My parents are hoping for luck. I am here on the train going to the boat that takes us to America. I am with my Mom, 5 of my sisters and one of my brothers. We brought a brother to help get us through to America so he can work. I left my father and 5 of my siblings in Russia because my family can't pay for all 13 tickets at once.
2: I could only pack one bag. I brought a little basket with only things I can't get in America that I can get in Russia. I also brought a picture of my family, because even if my family gets separated I know we are still together. I am sharing a bag with a few of my siblings because America might not let us keep 13 bags, even though they are little. I am passing through Russia and I feel sick to my stomach that we are going to have to get sent back. Since there is so many in my family, I feel that it is a good chance I could get sick. Half the town it looked like, was going to America.
3: This is the train I was riding on. | This is some money I took to exchange into American money. | These are some bags that my family took to take to America.
4: November 30, 1905- I am on the boat now. I am going to sleep in a big dorm with a thousand people. I thought the train was bad, but this boat is even worse. My siblings all get separated at night. The beds feel like I am sleeping on hard wood. We meet up at the day. I usually go on the deck to get fresh air. I couldn't even see sky. I could just see ocean. I felt like we would never see land again. Some people even slept on the deck. The air felt better out there then inside the stuffed cabins.
5: This is the boat I was on | This was all I could see when I looked outside.
6: On this boat people don't even talk to each other. I feel like the captain on this boat is lost because every time I think I see land it is just my imagination. Every day I look at the picture of my family. I always wonder how they are going to handle all this discomfort.
7: I had know clue on where we were on this Earth. | I imagined that we had reach land so many times on that trip. | This is similar to what I imagined.
8: Suddenly, I hear every body cheer. The first words of everybody on this boat. I jump up on the deck and I see a gigantic green statue in the distance. I thought it was a dream but it wasn't. The statue reminded me of the big statues in Russia. I didn't know what the statue was called. My mother told me it was called The Statue Of Liberty. I am finally here in America!
9: This was my very first view of America | We had to wait a very long time, in a very long line to get off the boat | When I first saw Ellis Island I couldn't believe this was where I would pass through to live in America. I also knew I could get separated from my family too.
10: December 8, 1905- I had to wait 5 days to get through the Great Hall. At the Great Hall we gave the officer our name. We didn't know how to spell our name. We told him but he wrote down Peck instead. Now our last name is Peck. We had to go through medical test for our eyes, nose, lungs, ears, heart and many more. I didn't like being poked at but if I wanted to live in America I had to. All my family passed! We were still stuck waiting in a gigantic Hall. After 2 more days we finally got to the front of out line. The officer stamped our tickets and said, “You are free to go.” Those were the best words I have ever heard. It at least felt the best. When I got through the gate I saw so many families reuniting at the Kissing Post. I knew that in a few days I would be reuniting with my family.!
11: We had to wait Great Hall until we could get our medical tests and become free in America. | These are the stairs we had to climb up to get to the Great Hall | I finally got the America stamp on my passport. | This is the kissing Post wear I reunited with my family
12: I am now at the kissing post waiting for the other half of my family. Since it took a couple of days for the other half of my family to come we had to sleep somewhere. We didn't have a lot of American money and we needed that food to eat, we had to sleep outside. We were homeless. However, The other half of my family did take more money, we would be able to stay somewhere when we reunited. I am staring everyone down to see if it is one of my family members it is just strangers though. I am starting to get more and more worried.
13: This is all the money my family brought. The rest of my family would bring more. We had to sleep on the street and wait for my family and the rest of the money to come.
14: I just reunited with my family. We both told what happened when we were on our journey. We found out that their last name got changed too. Their last name is Potter. Now our family has two last names. I go by Peck. America here we come.!
15: From Russia to America........... | My family stayed in New York after we were free.