[2015] Zachary Gladden: Moving to America

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[2015] Zachary Gladden: Moving to America

Moving to America

Dear Opi, I miss you and Mutzi so much. We hopefully will soon be immigrating to America to come live with you. I miss Mutzi's homemade hunter's pots and all her schnitzels. I've been so lonely since you both moved to America. I hope you are both doing well over there. Ich liebe dich! (i love you!)

December 1st, 1918My parents have finally savd up enough money to buy our way to America. They've decided to go now that we're a Democratic Republic. We're almost completely packed up and ready to go.January 5th, 1919This is our first New Year's Day celebrated in America. I miss Germany's lush and green landscapes. People are beginning to get uneasy around my family due to us being from Germany and the fact Germany has been causing conflicts in Europe.May 15th, 1919The terms Germany has to pay for it's hand in World War 1 have finally been settled on. My family waits with anticipation to see what the German Government will say. We hope maybe all the conflict caused by Germany will be resolved by this treaty. On another note, I finally have found a job. It was hard, having to learn the English language, but it has been worth it. I got a job as a reporter for the New York Tribune. June 28, 1919Germany signed the war treaty! What a glorious day! It looks like my family will stop being looked at as spies. My job is going well and I'm helping my dad pay our rent. July 26, 1923It has been a few years since we immigrated here to America. The unrest in Germany has hit levels that have me fearing for the health of our extended family and friends back in Germany. We've been sending money in the hopes it will help. It's been reported that the U.S. dollar is now worth 7,000 German marks. November 20, 1923The living conditions in Germany have only gon down in the past few months. My family are starting to go through hard times as well. America is going into a depression. We're not nearly as bad as Germany though.

Letter to my Opi (Grandfather)

Important moments: My Journal

My name is Axel Xylander. I was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1902. I have a large family, consisting of my mother and father, two sisters and a little brother. We decided to immigrate to America due to the strife in our homeland of Germany and to avoid the wars that have been tearing through our country for years.

About me...

Essencial Question: How do people respond to changing environments?

My passport

My Immigrant identification card

The poster that persuaded my family to immigrate.

Getting checked over by the authorities in America, they stamped out cards.

Dear Nicholii,I hope all is well for you in Germany. I know that times are getting harder. I hope you and your family are getting enough to eat. If you need us to send more money, please say so. I am able to take extra hours in order to pay it. In fact, I wish you could come here like we did. It wasn't that hard. The longest and my least favorite was the twelve day sea voyage here. Otherwise it was all perfectly fine. I would suggest though that you have everyone checked for diseases before you leave. They stop anyone they find with one and they disappear upstairs. I saw several people go but thankfully none of my family did. It is worth it here in America. The people can be kind, the jobs and pay are wonderful. My father opened up our own deli (a meats shop) and is selling our own bratwursts, knackwurst, weisswurst and even our own landjaegers! It is always smelling of Germany in there. I miss you, my friend. Be well and stay safe. I wish you luck and pray for you.

Dear Opi, I miss you and Mutzi so much. We hopefully will soon be immigrating to America to come live with you. I miss Mutzi's homemade hunter's pots and all her schnitzels. I've been so lonely since you both moved to America. I hope you are both doing well over there. Ich liebe dich! (i love you!)

A letter to my dear friend Nicholii in Germany

My father's new deli!

The dictionary my family had to use. My Opi laughed the first time we tried to speak English.

My first paycheck from the Tribune

The first paper i was allowed to report for!

The map of New York my family uses to get from place to place.

The university I thought I would attend in Germany

A few blocks from our old home a few months after we immigrated to America

My family's first pictures here in America.


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