BC: Its been a long journey but we finally made it to America.
FC: By Brady Pantel | Immigrant Project
1: All About Me | My name is Lars Pantel. I am 16 years old and me and my family have left germany for america. I have blonde hair and blue eyes and I am 5 foot 10 inches. We are from East Berlin.I play many sports like soccer and basketball. I have 5 brothers and 3 sisters. I work on my fathers farm and help him with whatever.
2: I live with my mom, dad, 5 brothers and 3 sisters.
3: sisters- sabrina 8 years old mila and pia 10 year old twins | Brothers- arnold 6 years old hans 9 years old gunther 4 years old fritz 2 years old augustus 1 year old | Mother- Lilli 39 years old Father- Otto 42 years old
4: In Germany we use Euros which is 1 Euro to 1.2 U.S. dollars. We speak German but we also learn English at an early age in school. We eat many kinds of meats and many of the same things in America. For fun we play many of the same sports as Americans. Soccer is very big in Germany and so is handball as well as rugby.
5: All about the journey | home city
6: The main reason we left Germany is there were very few opportunities to make a good living. Another reason we decided to make the journey is because the government is not what we wish it was and we do not like the direction its going. | Why We Left | Our Journey | Before we even boarded the ship we were examined by a doctor to check for illnesses. Our journey took about 3 weeks. For the three weeks we were in cramped quarters with many people speaking many different languages. There were also very bad smells because of lack of sanitation. This also caused sicknesses to go around. | One way to America
7: Our Possessions | Each of us were only able to bring one suitcase of our belongings to America. My mom packed my younger sisters bags with a doll or there favorite toy and 2-3 pairs of cloths. The got the same thing. I packed 2 pairs of clothes a watch my grandfather gave me and a picture of Berlin to remind me of my home. | First Sight | Like many people our first sight of America was the statue of Liberty. I remember when me and my family saw it my mother was crying of joy and us kids were admiring how big it and the city were. I also remember getting nervous for what was ahead of us.
8: Going Through Immigration | Going through Ellis Island was a very different experience. It was very crowded like the boat and there were many languages being spoken. We were checked first thing of the boat for any external, physical illnesses like limps. Then we waited in line for hours to check in and give all of our family information like ID's, amount of money we have and much more. After that we all had a very thorough medical exam for everybody going through Ellis Island. That is where they found out that I had TB. They took me away from my family right away to anther part of the building. I was kept there for 3 days while my family waited for me in another separate part of the building which was like a living quarter. After I was cleared from the medical people I had to go through the whole processing system again.
9: Our Lives in America | We are going to be living in New York city. My father will be working in a broom factory where he will be getting payed 2 times as much as back home. I will also work there. My mother is going to work at a dress shop, but only part time because she has to watch over my siblings. We don't have anybody else we know coming with us so we are kind of on our own. At Ellis island we exchanged all of our euros for U.S. dollars. There isn't a very good way for us to communicate back home to our loved ones, but mother said we will still try and right letters. We will eat mostly American food now because there is no way for us to get German food except for a little German shop down the street.