From refugee to business owner: The American Dream - Journal Advocate
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#1 Oct 10, 2010
God bless you, Irma!
Our current bunch of "immigrants" could learn a lot from you, and your generation!
My father was stationed in Germany from 1956 to 1960. He was career Army. Having fought in Europe during WWII, and then the communists in Korea. He took us (his family) to Germany with him.
From the vantage point of a child (age 6-10), I watched the hell that was being inflicted on Europe by the Soviets. The fear, and upheaval, the constant flow of refugees, and the DP camps. We adopted three orphans for the DP camps (my two sisters and brother). Their parents hand escaped from Czechoslovakia, and gave them up for us to raise in a better world. My mother took care of us kids and worked tireless to bring relief to the camps, while my Dad was always away facing down Soviet tanks on the East German boarder.
Those were dire and frightening times when only America stood guard against communism, and provided the sole beacon of hope to those fleeing the dismal oppression of Soviet and Chinese communists.
God bless those immigrants like Irma, for working to make our country better place.
#2 Oct 10, 2010
I would encourage everyone to go to this program and hear what Irma has to say. Her story is amazing!
#3 Oct 10, 2010
I have long been a client of Irma's and have always been impressed by her work ethic! And her story IS AMAZING!!!
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