At the Heart of the Immigrant Experience

 

70 years ago, the young man in the photo, my grandfather, left Communist Hungary on a student visa to study abroad.  When his official papers didn’t arrive in time for him to extend his stay in the country he was studying in and he was to be deported, it was a kind-hearted and generous Italian student and his family that took him home, and shared the little they had with him.  My grandfather’s immigrant adventure — the adventure of his lifetime — began with the kindness of a stranger.  70 years later, his grandson returns to Italy to study and to learn about immigration.  In this blog, I’ll examine current day feelings of locals and refugees, and the subject of immigration, which is even more pressing today.

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