LRO 343: “On Immigration Control”


When they poured across the border
I was cautioned to surrender
This I could not do

(Leonard Cohen, The Partisan)

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LRO 343
20th May 2022


On Immigration Control
Graciela Brodsky | Buenos Aires, Argentina

In 1895, while Freud was writing Studies on Hysteria and analysing his dream about the "Irma Injection", my grandparents were arriving in Argentina. Some came from Odessa, others from the now non-existent Bessarabia. They were fleeing misery and pogroms. They were lucky. Although their plan was to go to the USA, where family was waiting for them, they disembarked in the port of Buenos Aires, where they knew no one. They passed through the Immigrants' Hotel and ended up in a tenement house where other Jews like them lived, and some Italians too. Some spoke Yiddish, others some dialect from southern Italy. They built a life here……. [Read full article]

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