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Friedrich Remembers Being Called a “Greenhorn”


Friedrich Remembers Being Called a "Greenhorn" (Transcript)

Interviewee: Friedrich Pfeiffer
Date of Birth: January 9, 1900
Date of Interview: January 21, 1992
Interviewer: Paul E. Sigrist, Jr.
Immigrated from Germany at Age 25 in 1925
Ellis Island Collection: EI-119

Pfeiffer (Being called a greenhorn):

Naturally, we were called "greenhorns," of course, when you start. Well but there was an awful lot of Germans work in that part of the, of that shop and they were quite helpful, even though we had a foreman that also was of German descent and he more or less called me "greenhorn." And he didn't seem to want to help me much. But most of them were willing to show me or ask questions, when I ask questions to help me and so I sailed through that fairly good.

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Notable Ellis Island Immigrants

During the island's 62 years of operation, over 12 million immigrants were processed at Ellis Island, including quite a few who went on to become famous such as: Frank Capra, Bela Lugosi, Baron Von Trapp, Irving Berlin, Max Factor, Claudette Colbert, Rudolph Valentino, Igor Sikorsky and Bob Hope.