Immigrant Tales

IRIS Wins Wessel Prize

by David, Bruce, Paul, and Lois Wessel | Nov 25, 2015 7:06 am | Comments (3)

Aliyya Swaby PhotoSeventy five years ago, a German Jewish teenager who had been sent to safety in England in 1939 on the Kindertransport arrived in New York where she was reunited with her parents.  After a brief stay in New York, the three of them travelled by bus to Scattergood, Iowa, where the American Friends Service Committee had turned a school into a hostel for European refugees.  As the Nazi terror spread through Europe, the members of a Disciples of Christ Church in tiny Eureka, Ill, decided to go beyond reading newspaper headlines and praying and offered to adopt the family.  The teenager and her parents moved into a fully furnished apartment on the edge of the Eureka College campus and were welcomed into a community that had known few Jews, let along foreign-born Jews. The father got a job auditing municipal books in small Illinois towns. The mother got a job in the college kitchen. And the teenage girl got a free college education there.  Her brother interned in England – he was considered an enemy alien even though he was a Jewish refugee – eventually joined his family in the U.S.

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“It’s Not Even A Job To Me”

by Staff | Nov 4, 2015 12:04 pm

Lucy Gellman PhotosMagdalena Rosales-Alban is the chief executive officer of Lulac Head Start, a family and childcare development center that annually serves 188 children between six months and five years of age across New Haven. Started out of the basement of a church, the center now has three locations, two of which Rosales-Alban has been responsible for: its Cedar Street home, as well as satellites on James and Ramsdell Streets. 

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