To a New Home, Chicago & Beyond
After years of make-shift living in the Displaced Person's camps most of the families and individuals in this exhibit found a new home and new life in America. Some went to Canadian cities but others arrived in New York and settled here in Chicago; however, the travel was not as easy as boarding a ship.
To enter the United States, families required resettlement forms and U.S. sponsors typically through the assistance of the Red Cross, other religious organizations, or individual congregations.
Resettlement was a challenge for the Brokas Family because of the US immigration laws. The father, born in the United States, and the two older daughters (born before 1940) were judged to be American citizens. The mother and the two younger children were not citizens and their approval for entry into the US took a separate route and different documents. Electing not to be separated, the family waited together in the German DP camps until the clearances for the non-citizens came through. The Brokas family arrived in New York harbor on July 26, 1948.