immigrant experience

Stories about family members who were uprooted from their origins.

Abe Ratner in the seltzer business

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The Ratner family became established in the Fifth Ward of Albany, N.Y. Abe bottled soda water and Rose nurtured a brood of children.


Ratner family passage to America

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Abe Blokh became Abe Ratner to get out of Russia. With his young wife and her mother, they voyaged from Bremen to Leeds and finally to New York.

The Rabinowitz family in Jewish Harlem

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Joseph and Lena Rabinowitz were Russian immigrants who ran a corner grocery in Jewish Harlem. Their nine children were native Americans.

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