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Quesenberry- Immigration project

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BC: Life in America may never be like life in Germany but its different in a good way!!!

FC: My trip from Berlin, Germany to Los, Angeles, California!!!

1: August 6th, 1952 Leaving my home in August, 1952, I was frightened and sad. Leaving Germany would mean leaving my classmates, my best friends, and a lot of family. My momma, Omi, and Opa all said “Sweetheart its for the better.” To me it didn’t feel like the better, my siblings were in tears, it was even worse than how I was feeling. I was always pestering my Omi, why daddy had to go to America. Unfortunately she did not say she just says, “Hitler has taken many people our family loves and either killed them and others just because they were Jewish put them in Concentration Camps.That's why daddy had to go.” I wish not to flee but I fear I have too. Some things that I am going to bring with me are: My stuffed dog Dodo, my Barbie blanket that my Omi made for me, one pair of shoes, and the clothes that I wore to America. I am dearly going to miss Germany, I hope one day that I will be able to visit! | This is the boat we were on for about 3 weeks and arrived in America on!!!

2: This is my passport for America. | This is my suitcase from Germany. | This is my boat ticket from Germany.

3: Heidi Quesenberry Berlin, Germany Age 12 | This is my old house key, for when my parents and groartige Eltern were all at work. | This is my luggage tag.

4: My Family Tree! | To the left is a picture of my mom and then below her on the left is my dad then on the right below her is my Opa!!!

5: To the right is one of my triplets Colleen, then the last picture at the bottom is my other triplet Maggie then right above Maggie is Me!!!! | My Family Tree continued... | Colleen, Born September 9th, 1938 | Heidi, Born September 9th, 1938 | Maggie,Born September 9th, 1938

6: August 24th, 1952 On the boat to America it was very small and cramped, my momma would not let me stay in our little bunk for she feared that if I stayed there all the time I would get diseased and not be able to cross over to America. Even though I was not able to stay in our bunk I made a few close friends that made me forget about leaving all my others in Germany. Unfortunately, one of them got sick late one night and died. She will always be remembered in my heart and her families. I dearly miss her.

7: What I packed for America is... My stuffed dog Dodo, the Barbie blanket that my Omi has made for me and the clothes that I wore on the boat. | What I packed for America...

8: September 7th, 1952 Arriving at Ellis Island was a great joy. For I was finally off the boat which we were on for about three weeks. Standing there on Ellis Island I realized how beautiful America was and hope started to grow in me. We had to go through a bunch of tests, such as: our medical inspection, mental testing, Legal inspection, Literacy test, and Detention. I made it through all of the tests and was free to go into America. It was a joyous moment for me. I was frightened when my momma came out in tears. It was the wrong type though, it wasn’t tears of sadness it was tears of joy. We were all free to go into America.

9: Some things I visited/ took pictures of before I left Germany. | I visited the Main office in Germany just to get one last glimpse at the real version of the Flag. | When I lived in Berlin, Germany I always hated that wall, but my family got lucky and we were living in west Berlin. Sadly some of our family was not as lucky as us. | This is a picture of the school I went to it means: Public School For Kids! I've went to school here since I was five years old!!!

10: AMERICA!!!!!! There really is some perks to living in America, I'm glad that even though I may be separated from my family in Germany at least we're all safe. In Germany luckily none us of lived on the East side of Berlin or else we wouldn't have been free to go to America!!!! Here in America we are free and there is no wall to separate people from the one's they love! Also I can play sports at school such as Futball!!!! I have made some new friends already its great because I don't have to think as much about my old friends and end up crying. They asked me to explain what Germany was like and I told them that the chocolate there was amazing and when it snowed it was a winter wonderland. I also told them that even though Germany sounds great and all I told them it wasn't all fun and games especially when you see someone get taken away by the Nazi's. I still shudder at the thought of getting taken away by them.

11: Memories in America!!!! | I have a bunch of memories here in America, but I am only going to share a few. | Starting a new school, I have had a great time. A memory from school is, after a few weeks at school I had made bunches of friends and also, they invited me over to hang out and play with paper dolls!!! | Another memory is, that I celebrated my very first Fourth of July!!! It was beautiful and fun. My family and I sat outside watching fire works go off!!! | More memories are, I celebrated my 13th birthday in America!!! Thats huge, I'm finally a teenager and I don't have my old friends to celebrate it with. | My last memory is, when we stepped off the train in Los Angles, California seeing all the family I have here in the United States, It was so gleeful and happy, to finaly be with family again!!!

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