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Padre Santo Pio


Televideo di Padre Santo Pio

 Italian Version

Incredible stories by our Emigrants

I am one of the one hundred million people whose ancestor entered America through the immigration offices on Ellis Island in New York.

This fortunate ancestor was my grandfather and when I was a child he used to tell me over and over again the story of how he got to America and of how he became a citizen of the United States. From his little Sicilian village he had arrived in the huge city on the other side of the Atlantic. The way he told me his story made me look everything magic and legendary. My grandfather had to return back to Italy while, closing the family circle, I live now in Texas maybe because I was fascinated by his first American tales. I remember that grandpa Gaetano used to get excited when he described the day he got to New York. On the unstable boat where almost everyone had been seasick all the passengers had run to the side rails and in the misty morning they had finally caught sight of the Statue of Liberty, beautiful and gigantic.

Then they had gone through the inspection on Ellis Island. The U.S. Immigration facilities built there since January of 1892 consisted of three floors and covered an area of about five thousand and six hundred square meters. The newcomers were taken there to go through the physicals and their papers controls. --Twelve million people, more than seventy percent of the immigrants who arrived to America at the end of the nineteenth century had to go through that inspection on the island that has become the symbol of immigration to our great Country. An important museum can be found on Ellis Island to remind us also of the dream that did not always come true and that was associated with the United States. These immigrants came from every corner of the world and from Europe that was afflicted by wars, poverty and hunger.

I will never forget the plain and shameless words of an Italian American lady, who now owns a very successful restaurant, according to which her parents had been able to have at dinner their first plate of meat only when from their poor Sicily they had finally immigrated to America.

My grandfather used to tell me that almost everyone was afraid of that inspection and of missing the opportunity to enter the new Country that offered a job and the chance to give a decent life to their family. Unfortunately not everyone had the requirements necessary for the admission. Poverty and hunger had spread in Europe illnesses like tuberculosis that killed a large number of people mostly in the poor areas of the Old Continent among which there was also southern Italy. Grandpa explained to us that among the immigrants who got to Ellis Island together with the joy of those who were accepted there was also the frustration of those who were rejected.

America continues to offer hope and periodically we discuss to slow down or stop this flux of people who want to enter into our Country.

But, how can become merciless and indifferent a people like ours that is formed also by the children and the grandchildren of other immigrants?

According to another story heard from one of my high school teachers, at the end of WWII when on board a ship that was taking many Italian prisoners to America the news arrived that the war was over and that the boat now had to turn around and to go back to Italy, many of those prisoners cried desperately. For them the American dream was over.

But..........................

Not all Emigrants that came to North America found Heaven.  All those that disembarked at Ellis Island or Pier 21 in the period of the great migration witnessed incredible stories of anguish and overwhelming human dramas.

Monongah, Marcinelle americana

The documentary film-Monongah, Marcinelle American film is a documentary that is the worst mining accident in U.S. history, occurred on December 6 1907 in Monongah, in West Virginia, which lost their lives perhaps 950 miners, mostly Italians: never was found the number of victims because the workers were not registered by the company. The mournful event is the most bloody disaster in the history of Italian emigrants miners.
The film produced by the Italian Federation of Workers and Emigrants Families with assistance from the regional council for emigration and immigration d'Abruzzo has drawn historical images provided by the Immigration Museum of Ellis Island in New York, and from material provided by the Museum Italian emigration of Fyvie, by Ferruccio Parri town of Bologna and the Ethnographic Museum of Bomba.
The film tells the story of the family members of Abruzzo Basile who, like millions of other fellow departed from our country, between 1891 and 1910, at a time the United States, attracted by the hope of a better life.

Monongah with its dead today is the icon of the sacrifice of our workers forced to emigrate in order to survive.

Bollettino della Sera: New York 28 dicembre 1907 dedicato al disastro di Monongah

 

Veduta del cimitero sulle colline di Monongah  Fotografia: Pietro Mazza © copyright 2002

Approximate list of italians of MONONGAH

6 dicembre 1907

Carlo ABBATE
Francesco ABBATE
Giuseppe ABBATE
Francesco ABRUZZINO
Angelo ADDUCCHIO
Antonio ADDUCCHIO
Pasquale ADDUCCHIO
Antonio ANCIELLO
Celestino ANCIELLO
Domenico ANCIELLO
Paolo ANCIELLO
Angelo ANGIOLILLO

Agostino BIASE
Francesco BAGNOLI
Antonio BASILE
Giovanni BASILE
Salvatore BASILE
Saverio BASILE
Giuseppe BELCASTRO
Serafino BELCASTRO
Angelo BERARDO
Celestino BERARDO
Felice BERARDO
Giacinto BERARDO
Vincenzo BERARDO
Antonio BITONTI
Rosario BITONTI
Giovanni BONASSO
Tomaso BORZONIA
Adolfo BRANDI

Vincenzo CAVALLARO
Giovanni CIAMBETIELLO
Liberato CIAMBETIELLO
Nicola CIAMBETIELLO
Domenico CIMINO
Giuseppe COLARUSSO
Nicola COLACIELLO
Felice COLANERI
Andrea COLANTUONO
Francesco COLARUSSO
Giuseppe COLARUSSO
Felice COLASESSANO
Nicola COLITTO
Antonio CONVERSI
Francesco CONDINO
Raffaele CUOCCIO

Vittorio DAVIA
Antonio D’ALESSANDRO
Giuseppe D’ALESSANDRO
Pasquale D’ALESSANDRO
Donato D’AMICO
Michele D’AMICO
Vittorio D’ANDREA
Pasquale D’ELIA
Giuseppe D’UVA
Michele D’UVA
Michele D’ONOFRIO
Pietro D’ONOFRIO
Antonio DE FELICE
Michele DE FELICE
Giuseppe DE MARIA
Sebastiano DE MARIA

 

Antonio DE PROSPERO
Clemente DI BARTOLOMEO
Domenico DI BARTOLOMEO
Giovanni DI JELSI
GiuseFelice DE PETRIS
ppe DE MARCO
Umberto DE MARCO
Angelo DI MARIA
Michele DI MARIA
Sebastiano DI MARIA fu Michele
Luca DI MARIO
Nicola DI PLACITO
Celestino DI SALVO
Fiorangelo DI SALVO fu Pietro
Fiorangelo DI SALVO di Antonio
Gioacchino DI SALVO
Giuseppe DI SALVO di Fedele
Giuseppe DI SALVO di Antonio
Vincenzo DI SALVO
Vitale DI SALVO
Ruggero DI SIPIO
Ventura DOSA

Armando FALLUCCO
Vincenzo FASANELLI
Giovanni FARESEGiuseppe FERRARI
Luigi FEOLA
Carmine FERRARA
Giuseppe FERRARA
Matteo FERRARA
Prospero FIORANTONIO
Antonio FOGLIA
Pietro FRATEIACOVO
Antonio FRATINO
Giuseppe FUSAROFrancesco GAETANI
Antonio GALLO
Vincenzo GIACOBINI
Antonio GIOIA
Pietro GIOLIA
Raffaele GIRIMONTE
Francesco GUARASCIO
Domenico GUERRA

Gennaro IANIERO
Giuseppe IANIO

Pasquale LA VIGNA
Luigi LELLI
Giovambattista LEONETTI
Carmine LEROSE
Francesco LEROSE
Giovanni LOMBARDI
Salvatore LOPEZ
Francesco LORIA

Domenico MAINELLA
Antonio MANZO
Domenico MANZO
Leonardo MANZO
Michele MANZO
Giuseppe MARINETTI
Salvatore MARRA
Domenico MASCIA
Felice MASELLA
Michele MASTROPIERO
Cosmo MEO
Pietro MORSELLA

Giovanni OLIVERIO
Antonio OLIVITO

Antonio PASQUALE
Louis PATH
Basilio PELLILLO
Giacinto PELLILLO
Tommaso PERRI
Saverio PIGNANELLI
Nicola PIRROCCO
Berardino PRIOLETTA
Francesco PRIOLETTA
Pasquale PRIOLETTA
Pietro PRIOLETTA
Pietro PROVENZALE
Carmine PROZZILLO

Antonio RICCINTO di Domenico
Antonio RICCINTO di Nicola
Domenico RICCINTO
Pasquale RICCINTO
Antonio RINALDI
Giuseppe RINALDI
Raffaele RINALDI
Michele RIZZO

Luigi SCALISE
Giuseppe SERAFINI
Antonio SILLETTA

Francesco TODARO

Gennaro URSO

Antonio VEGLIA

Leonardo VELTRI
Domenico VENDETTA
Francesco VENDETTA
Antonio VERGALITO
Pasquale VERGALITO

Francesco (I)YACONIS
Giovanni (I)YACONIS
Pasquale (I)YANNACCONE

Francesco ZAMPINO
Carmine ZEOLI
Francesco ZEOLI
Sebastiano ZEOLI

 

 

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