After leaving the USSR, Adam Gardov arrives in Austria to meet with the Israeli Sokhnut. He plans to immigrate to Israel and start a new life, but plans change.
Instead of Israel, Gardov decides to apply for an American visa— a complicated process that takes six months. To support himself, he finds employment in Vienna, working for the odious Madame Betina.
Gardov decision will have far-reaching consequences. While anxiously awaiting word on his visa application, he meets the beautiful Nata, another Russian immigrant who turns his head before leaving for America.
Join Gardov as he travels from Vienna to that iconic home of immigrants, New York City. There, he discovers life in America will not be easy. He has a new language to master, a job to find, and a driving need to start his own business. And when he reconnects with Nata, he realizes he cannot live without the charming and artistic young woman.
The first volume in Shimon Garber’s sweeping Immigrants saga, Capital of Immigrants, brings to life the trials of adapting to a new country and culture and the dedication it takes to forge a new life after leaving everything you once knew behind.
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The protagonist of the book Adam Gardov left USSR to emigration in the late 70 's of the last century. Meeting at the airport in Vienna with representatives of Israeli agency Sokhnut changes his plans, and he went instead of Israel into the United States. He was awaiting a permit to enter America for six months and works in Austria on the odious figure of emigration of those years as Madame Betina.
At the same time, he meets future wife Nata. Organization HIAS has sends emigrants on regular road into Italy, wait for a visa to enter the United States. Adam meanwhile, acquainted with many colorful and different people, from each other as human beings, which all have one thing in common the desire to move to the States.
Adam gets visa and flies to New York, where he initially waits for a typical immigrant's fate with the change of every imaginable immigrant occupations. There he accidentally meets again Nata and realizes that it’s his destiny. His family. They have a daughter, and Adam opens his first company. Which, however, quickly comes to an end. But it didn’t stop him, and eventually he creates new business destined to leave a trace in the history of America.
Author Shimon Garber was born and grew up in after the siege of WWII at Leningrad, USSR. People cleared debris, rebuilt the destroyed communications, bought bread and cereal by special coupons. Everything in supply of the country was limited. Without special coupons, people died of hunger. Lived in poverty, but amicably and patiently.
In their six-room communal apartment dwelt among twenty people. At all was one toilet, was usually occupied in the morning queue. On the kitchen room stood six oil stoves on a top of homemade kitchen tables in the evening all together women cooked dinner. In our tiny room besides he lived his mother, sister and grandfather.
Mother died young, and her father went somewhere south. Sister and he were left alone. She was older and could go to work, and he have identified in the industrial school. There issued uniform led system in school and at work, but most importantly it did fed.
After graduation, he received specialty turner and was sent to the factory, making parts for tanks. Young staff members, under age 16, could work a four hour per shift. Work did require return some amount of production. Equipment was terribly old, taken from postwar Germany, and it permanently destroyed. The work was not profitable, repetitive and dreary.