A Fragmented Migration
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This paper explains that, because of the complexity of the pattern of migration of the author's family, the author focuses only on his mother's father's father's father's family, the O'Bralligans, who came from the southern tip of Ireland in Cork County, and his father's father's mother's family, the Kaplans, who were driven out of Lithuania by anti-Semitism. These two branches of the author's family lineage came from fantastically different circumstances at very different times, but somehow, the author points out, their respective acceptances in America were highly congruent. The paper stresses the importance of remembering the immigrant narratives of families so that society has empathy for other immigrants especially those who are not invisible, such as African Americans and Latinos.
From the Paper:"Only five years before J.T.'s death, Esther Kaplan was in her first years of life and Lithuania was under the control of Russia. Combined with a relatively weak economy and a notoriously anti-Semitic and brute Russian Army, this was not the ideal environment for a Jewish family like hers. Her father Yehuda was a fur trader in Vilna and owned his own fur shop and the family was relatively involved in the Jewish community. There had been a number of pogroms - massive, targeted, anti-Semitic outbreaks of violence that police and other government officials did nothing to contain."
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