Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pittsburgh Welcomed Him with Open Arms Polish Refugees Found a Home

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pittsburgh Welcomed Him with Open Arms Polish Refugees Found a Home

Article excerpt

On Aug. 28, 1951, The Pittsburgh Press documented Czeslaw Sikorski's fifth day in the United States.

The paper's second page featured a photo of the 3½-year-old refugee enjoying a doughnut - a "new treat" for the "new American," the Press said.

Czeslaw and his parents appeared in the paper 67 years ago, but immigration is far from old news. Czeslaw's story is worth revisiting during a tumultuous time in our history when migrant children have been detained in camps along the U.S. border.

Czeslaw and his parents were Polish refugees, forced out of their homeland during World War II. The National Catholic Welfare Conference brought the family of three, along with 538 other refugees, to the U.S. from a displaced persons camp in Germany.

The war displaced an estimated 40 million Europeans between 1940 and 1945, and western allies established displaced persons camps to house them in the postwar years. …

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