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TopsQueen October 22nd, 2014 3:40pm

Did any of your ancestors escape famine or persecution to come to America?

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TigerShark47 Missouri
10/23/14 8:34 pm

Can't say for certain, but based off of the years that they came to America, I would say that their lives back home weren't too great, and they expected better here

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/24/14 10:48 am

My best friend's cousin was also born in a camp. The aunt and uncle meant in a camp. On the night of breaking the law so I put a candle in my window.

NikkiKitti47
10/23/14 8:02 pm

Yes. My family feared Hitler and the Nazis. I was gypsy ancestors which the nazis also went after

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/24/14 10:49 am

Well I'm glad they came to the states. Yes the Nazis one after an off a lot of people. How has you how was your family been treated in America?

NikkiKitti47
10/24/14 11:49 am

My family has been treated very well. My grandfather earned a lot of respect he was a carpenter in my local town.

nixthefox Atlanta
10/23/14 3:07 pm

Yes, the Nazi's killed the entire household of ten people except for one who managed to get out of the country and live.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/23/14 4:52 pm

My dearest friends family was in the camps. I reach water aerobics. One of the moves was called the solver walk. One couple (their family was nazi) called it the Gooshstomp. It really upset my friend. I very nicely asked them to stop.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/23/14 4:53 pm

They thought that was just hilarious and very funny and the insist on calling that name. So I changed it to the monster walk. They are no longer in my class by the way.

Brandon1995 San Francisco
10/23/14 2:55 pm

No, they were forcefully brought here via slavery.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/23/14 4:54 pm

I'm so sorry that such evil happned to your family.

dlaw4570
10/23/14 9:28 am

About 1740 due to religious prosecution in Britain.

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tcadez Minnesnowta
10/22/14 11:44 pm

My great grandmother was nearly killed three times before coming to the U.S. Once she was trapped in the basement in an earth quake. Once she nearly got hit by a train. (the train hit the back of the ladder she was carrying across the tracks.)

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tcadez Minnesnowta
10/22/14 11:45 pm

And she had scarlet fever as a child. Then she came to the U.S. at the beginning of the Great Depression. Poor Great Grandma.

asmodeus enjoying the final kalpa
10/22/14 7:25 pm

My great grandfather went to New York because propaganda had been spread that in America you can move up in the system really quickly if you work hard. He went to NYC with one bag and his family counting on him to send money back home.

asmodeus enjoying the final kalpa
10/22/14 7:29 pm

There were basically no jobs, had to scrape his way through the city doing small jobs for crap money, after a year of hard work he had saved a few hundred dollars and came back to Puerto Rico

asmodeus enjoying the final kalpa
10/22/14 7:31 pm

He got himself a piece of land and made money off of that and was then able to buy more land and so on.

asmodeus enjoying the final kalpa
10/22/14 7:31 pm

Btw he became a farmer.

corino Utah
10/22/14 6:27 pm

and a great many of them faced persecution after they got here.

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MannIsMe Did You Assume My Party
10/22/14 5:53 pm

Escaped the German Unification wars.

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ozzy
10/22/14 5:32 pm

3 of my grandparents came from Ukraine / Romania area. Fleeing both famine and religious persecution.

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ozzy
10/22/14 5:33 pm

Between 1905 to 1915

USA1st
10/22/14 3:56 pm

Yes way, way, wayyy back. My ancestors were Huguenots.

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RedHale Texas
10/22/14 3:07 pm

My mother did.

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Starkey Nashville,TN
10/22/14 1:36 pm

Nope, don't know where my ancestors are from in Africa. It sucks.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 2:27 pm

That sure would. It's terrible to be cheated out of your ancestry, customs and values.

Zomb1ePoptart Golden, Colorado
10/22/14 1:20 pm

My mothers family came from Britain in the 1700's before America was formed as an independent nation, and my fathers family came from Croatia in the early 1900's

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asia
10/22/14 1:09 pm

Some of my ancestors were brought here to be persecuted and some of my other ancestors did the persecuting.

imanag My heaven on Earth
10/22/14 12:54 pm

Yes to both. About half of my ancestors left Ireland due to the famine. Others were pilgrims on the Mayflower.

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rons screw politicians
10/22/14 12:35 pm

Yep, my grandparents were told to leave by their parents. Tough times in Europe. Hard decision.

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JamesOuk Cleveland
10/22/14 11:45 am

Grandparents and my dad escaped from Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge and mass killings. Went to Thailand, got sponsored and came to New York then eventually cleveland. Where they are now.

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Skyrim nobody
10/22/14 11:37 am

Pretty sure my ancestors did not go to America.

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Krystina Let Freedom Reign
10/22/14 10:23 am

The German side of my family escaped what ended up becoming East Germany. Though separated, each was fortunate enough to get out before the wall went up. A very, very close friend of the family lived through the Auschwitz concentration camp.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 12:55 pm

I was so excited when the wall came down. I remember picture separate from my childhood. I was four 1949. Thank God they escaped.

Krystina Let Freedom Reign
10/22/14 1:19 pm

Life would have been very, very different for me if they hadn't, that's for sure...if I even would have come into existence that is. Maybe not since my grandmother would never have met my grandfather if she hadn't escaped.

SticksandStones Stop fearmongering
10/22/14 10:22 am

My grandparents from both sides escaped Poland after the Nazi's invaded. One was in a work camp for a little.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 12:57 pm

One of the best books my husband and I have listen to is called. "The invisible bridge". It covers a Jewish family from before the war till after it. Little hard to get into but once you do your stuck.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 9:41 am

My best friend immigrated here from Canada. Her family were in the camps during the Holocaust.

ShereKhan A very dark place.
10/22/14 9:30 am

Yes from both sides

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sojourner present
10/22/14 9:23 am

Not that I know of, but fairly likely given how poor most of my ancestors were. And some were persecuted here (Cherokee). Does that count?

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 9:40 am

I would say so I was thinking how blacks had no choice sent to coming to America and were persecuted here also.

MrMilkdud
10/22/14 9:01 am

My grandparents came from Ireland. They sent back 1/3 of everything they earned. When I went back and met the other side of the family they told me how that money supported several families and kept them from starving.

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TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 9:41 am

There is a term in Ireland called a letter from America.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 9:41 am

When I went over there I saw a pub Patrick O'Mara's. That was my brother's name.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/22/14 8:41 am

My fathers,'s father's family came from Ireland to get out of the Irish Holocaust.

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