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.
10: World War 1 part 2
11: Daily News | Trench Conditions In this first world war or World War One there is a new type of warfare being introduced, that is "trench warfare". Instead of fighting face to face both sides have dug trenches to fight out of. These trenches are just taller than the average man so that they are sheltered from gun fire they are also only wide enough for two soldiers to walk side by side. Although the trenches on either side differ a little bit, there are many things that are the same. On both sides life in the trenches is disgusting in every way whether it be sight, smell, etc.. With all these things combined it makes for a very unpleasant situation with many different diseases circulating like trench foot, small pox, shell shock and many more.So far in this war diseases have killed more soldiers than fighting has.
12: Daily News | Christmas Day Truce On the western front in the weeks leading up to Christmas there was and unofficial cease fire. Both trenches started singing songs, playing games, exchanging stories and gifts, and came together to celebrate the holiday. On Christmas day both sides came out of their trenches and met the other side face to face in no mans land. They celebrated together without fighting even though they were still at war with each other. They held burial ceremonies for the dead of both sides and even played sports like football together. They would also exchange things that they wanted for things that the other wanted like cigarettes.There were many other truces like this later in the war but this is by far the most well known because it was Christmas.
13: Trenches | Christmas Truce
14: Dear Family, I have just arrived to my post on the eastern front we have 1 hour to get all of our belongings in place and to get settled in. Most of us are writing letters to our families. I am very nervous for my first deployment mainly due to all of the terrible stories I have heard. I know there is little chance of me surviving this war whether it be because of sickness or enemy forces. Our captain is yelling to get ready. wish me luck. I miss you all. I will send as many letters as possible. From, Hans
15: Dear Hans, We all miss you as well. We are also very proud of you for the great sacrifice you are making. Since you left your 2 sisters have had to take jobs usually held by men that are gone in the war. All of your brothers are in combat training now but I think they will be too late to join the war since there is talk of the war ending soon. Please do your best to stay well, we can't wait till we get to see you again. we will also try our best to send you replies as soon as possible. Stay safe! From, Mother, Father, your brothers and sisters.
16: Dear Family, I feel very lucky that so far in my service I have only experienced minor battles and gunfire. There are many soldiers who have been here for months and have seen many gruesome scenes. They tell stories about how they have seen some of their friends get shot and die right in front of them. Many of them also have many wounds and are still fighting. A lot of the soldiers here have many diseases and deformities many of which have come from just sitting in these trenches. I can feel the tensions of both sides building up and I fear there might be a big battle coming soon. I'll do my best to stay safe. I miss you all. From, Hans
17: Dear family, There is a big battle going on now and I believe this will be the last letter I will get to write to you. I love all of you and I will do my best to make sure I see you again. love, Hans Dear family of Hans Pantel, I am sorry to inform you that your son Hans has died in combat. He was killed by German artillery. I am very sorry for your loss. from, General Duke