The scrapbooks are open and available to the public in BHS’s Othmer Library.To see the scrapbooks please make an appointment with our reference librarian ([email protected]).
, the program is focused on the experiences of refugees as they adapt to life here in Brooklyn.
Panelist include Eileen Reilly, Director for Refugee Services and Workforce Development at CAMBA, Zeinab Eyega, Founder and Executive Director of Sauti Yetu, an advocacy organization for African women and families in NYC, Ninaj Raoul of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, and Alec Brook-Krasny, founding Executive Director of The Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations (COJECO).
The scrapbooks contain a variety of writing assignments, most of which outline their lives prior to immigration, their experiences in America, and their views on World War II and other current events.
Some speak lovingly of their childhood experiences, while others depict the harsh reality of poverty during the interwar period of Europe.
Along with war, the other major theme of the scrapbooks is hope.
The ideology of the American Dream was alive and well among many of the students, and there seems to be a genuine sense that their lives had improved once arriving in this country.“Brooklynites are rebellious, artistic and fun,” notes Malov. Not just sweet and regular, but with mystique and twinkle in their eyes.” “Brooklyn is the edgy, kind of complicated bad boy of the boroughs,” agrees online dating expert Melani Robinson.“Everyone wants to date a bad boy at least once.” And if it’s the Greenpoint gent you’re after, Sosenko has a tip-off on how to spot them.I also learned that in the early days of dating, in the 1890s and early 1900s, the practice was considered sleazy.There was no precedent for so-called "nice" girls going out on their own; many people assumed that a woman who was out anywhere on her own or without a male relative was a prostitute.In the early 20th century, when people really started to use this word “date,” that was when women started working, which makes complete sense — because before then, your family, priest, rabbi or community would arrange meetings between young men and women.