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Helen Remembers Hungarian Lullaby
Helen Remembers Hungarian Lullaby (Transcript)
Interviewee: Helen Horvath Harbove
Date of Birth: November 3, 1914
HARBOVE: No, I don't think, I don't remember that. I think my father talked more to us than my mother. And he used to sing a lot. I remember him always whistling or singing, and I did like that. I remember him like that, whistling and singing.
LEVINE: Would you be able to sing a Hungarian song on tape?
HARBOVE: Of course! (they laugh )
HARBOVE: I know several, not one or two.
LEVINE: Please, go ahead.
HARBOVE: I like this one. (She sings in Hungarian) My mother used to sing that all the time, too. And the translation of that is, "Whoever loves their baby, no matter how it's snowing or raining, he will find her. He'll even cross the bridges to find her." That's the whole thing. That's a lovely little song.
Did You Know?
Although most immigrants processed at Ellis Island stayed between three and five hours, about 20% stayed overnight in dormitory rooms until their cases could be cleared. Many immigrants found these accommodations a big improvement over the severe conditions of traveling to America in "steerage".