My brother and I celebrated our 60th year in the United States of America!
Unfortunately our parents did not see this milestone although they were looking forward to this celebration. Our family landed in NYC knowing no English (Dad had a few lessons of British English which did cause a few issues) and having less than $5 in U.S. cash. We were sponsored as part of the WWII refuge program and crossed the Atlantic, in 11 days, in a converted WWII troop carrier.
My Dad told us that he came to the U.S. for a better future. Things in Germany were rather bleak; the Berlin air lift had just ended, Germany was split into the three allied zones and USSR, and much of the manufacturing had been destroyed. He believed that the U.S. would provide opportunities that Germany could not. He was right; he put two sons through college, one lawyer and one engineer, owned three apartment buildings and traveled around the U.S. and several times back to Germany to visit relatives. They did see the Berlin wall come down, something they thought would never happen.
After law school my brother worked for legal services, served as a director of the same, taught various aspects of law all over the world (including China … go figure), written books on renters rights, now nearing retirement, is employed by his Alma mater. I worked for three of the country’s biggest hi-tech companies in all aspects of engineering in areas from electronic components, semiconductor packaging, ATE (Automated Test Equipment), distributed control systems, micro-Array DNA synthesis and, laser interferometers. Also served quite on a number of U.S. and international standards committees and have seven patents. My Dad was right!
Mom and Dad became citizens at the first opportunity while my brother and I became citizens later (my neighbor tells me that we did by choice and not by accident of birth). I am retired, my brother is nearing that time and we both cherish the fact that my Dad, and Mother, made the decision to move to the United States of America.
I hope I didn’t bore anyone with a little of my history!
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