Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Pauline Kleinberg - October 28, 1982

Moving to the United States

What made you decide to come to the United States?

What? Coincidence. We were registered to um, go to Israel as all of our--they were waiting to go to Israel. Then one time my brother said all should be married together. My brother-in-law went to Munich and he heard--he went for business, for, for something, and he heard there are free registrations to United States and he registered. Said, "I want to go," he registered. So when he came back, he told us--he said, we should go too. I talked to our neighbors--they left--but they said, they didn't believe it. But he said, "I'm going to try it anyways. It's no harm." They--we all went the second day to Munich to register and, and my brother-in-law didn't take very long. Three months, he was called and he was sent away to the United States. When they were sent away to the United States, no one else could--no place else would be good enough for me than following them. And every--who doesn't want to go to United States? I tell you something, I am such a great patriot of United States, no one in the world--with the wars, with the riots, with the inflation, with, with the, with, with the higher rates of--the high interest rates, with, with the devaluation, no matter what, I love it, I love it. Reagan shouldn't hear this--I wouldn't tell him, he's not the best president, I don't like him the best, but I still love him. The worst one, I love.

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