It wasn’t too long ago that my husband and I rode a boat out to see the Statue of Liberty in the New York harbor. This grand site has been seen by thousands as they entered the waters of a new country in search of their dreams for new life and freedom. The American flag waved then as it does now…and the thrill was the same.
My ancestors came from Switzerland and England. My husband’s came from England and Germany. His father’s side farmed in Minnesota. All had a dream…bringing that dream and hard work with them. Processing through as immigrants and spreading out into the far corners of the United States, these Americans have many stories to tell.
Recently, I found a story of another family that came the hard way from Greece and Turkey to join the long line of those arriving. It has been made into a film by one of the descendants who was about four years old when their family arrived on our shores. It’s not a new film for it was made in 1963. However, it is worth the two hours plus of watching the struggles and the triumphs of one determined young man to get to America.
Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning writer and director Elia Kazan (“On the Waterfront,” “A Streetcar Named Desire”) tells the true story of the early life of his uncle, Greek-immigrant Stavros Topouzoglow. After viewing the introduction by this filmmaker, you may want to order the film called America America. It is worth the time spent to understand the reasons so many from places all over the world made the decision to forge all obstacles in order to come to our country of opportunity and hope.
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