immigration

A Few Thoughts on Immigration

by Melannie Svoboda SND on September 26, 2016

I confess: I cannot speak completely objectively about immigration. That’s because three of my grandparents were immigrants from Bohemia, now the Czech Republic. All three immigrated as teenagers, leaving their parents and other family members behind. Forever. I can’t imagine what courage that took. My Grandma Svoboda told about coming over in the crammed steerage […]

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Two Pages from the 1940 U.S. Census

by Melannie Svoboda SND on April 23, 2012

My niece sent me a copy of two pages from the 1940 U.S. Census. On one page is the report on my father’s family. His family all lived in my grandparents’ home on Beckman Avenue in Cleveland. My father, who was 25 at the time, answered the census taker’s questions. He and my mother (married […]

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