17201Re: [Slovak-World] Re: article about my (Slovak) mother
- Nov 28, 2006Danusha,
I concur with Bill, and I thank you for posting your article. My Slovak
ancestry is through my father. He too, like your mother, and probably for the same
reasons you have cited, was rather silent about his immigrant family's
background, except to offer from time to time the statement that, "We were poor".
Thank you for an insightful, loving work.
In a message dated 11/27/06 9:59:12 AM Eastern Standard Time,
<< Hello Danusha,
First, let me thank you for your generosity in sharing your mother's
individual experiences. So very little material is available in
English on life as it was in Upper Hungary and environs. You should
be commended for not only writing the piece, but sharing it.
In the course of my genealogy research I continue to make
generalizations about the past, but have now wisely learned that each
generalization must be tagged "with exceptions." That's what makes
your piece so interesting. It's a particular view on society and
culture both in Slovakia and in America that adds to the knowledgebase
As I went through my Dad's photos of his immigrant mother last night,
I couldn't help but be taken by your message that when a minority
immigrant comes to America 100 years ago, they are often overwhelmed
by the intensity and strangeness of this vastly different culture.
Even today, as others have noted, our ethnicity is often marginalized
by descendants who are more concerned with surviving and getting
ahead. I imagine people thinking "so how does knowing about my past
help me get ahead in this technological society?" The people I bump
into in America even today don't hold much onto the past. I feel like
a loner, and graviate towards groups like this, which seem so large,
but are actually quite small in relative numbers.
It's no wonder with this cultural tidal wave that America generates
that your mother, like my ancestors remained generally quite. Not
many people frankly care. As insulting as your editor's remarks seem,
I do believe he speaks the truth; not many people care. Publishing
books is more about revenue generation than anything else. Nick
Karas' book "Hunky" would not have been published without this new
trend of self-publishing. So it does not suprise me you had such a
While I deal with these cold facts, I feel like the Olympic torch
bearer - someone has to carry the flame forward. You are the family
historian and the cultural communicator. Do not be discouraged,
continue your quest. Electronic communication is inherently flawed in
bringing through intonation and intent; I try not to read too deeply
into comments that may have been quickly jotted without reflection.
Many a time I wished I hadn't pushed the "send" button too quickly.
Again, my thanks and congratulations on a fine article. I hope there
are more where that one came from :o)
--- In Slovak-World@yahoogroups.com, Danusha Goska <dgoska@...> wrote:
> Dear Folks,
> Link below to an article about my (Slovak)
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