I was born in 1938 in a small Bavarian village in Germany before the Second World War. It was a cold winter with lots of snow. I was too small to remember, but the winds of war were in the making. My father and brother were called to serve their country. It was a very unhappy time in my homeland. Many countries were at war, and people's lives and countries were destroyed. Peace came in the spring of 1945. Seven years went by before my father and brother came home again. We all went to church and sang God's praises again and again.
In 1949, my oldest brother left for the United States, the land of opportunity. He was born there in 1925, for my mom and dad had lived in the States from 1923 to 1929 before returning to Bavaria to find work. In 1954, my family of eight went back to the United States. It was a very happy day when my brother picked us up from the boat after a long trip on the stormy seas. I was seasick for 11 days and lost 10 pounds. So glad we were to put our feet on land again. New Jersey was our first address, and we still live there today. We all found work; I was a nanny for two small children at the shore. We all went to school at night and worked during the day.
At 21 I got married. We have a son and a daughter. They are the first in our family to graduate from a university, and they hold top positions in Manhattan, New York. America, the beautiful Land of Opportunity.
Theresa M. Herzig
Towaco, New Jersey
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