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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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Although Ellis Island is federal property and has always been historically considered in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court appointed a "Special Master" to mediate. The ruling in 1998 determined that the original island belongs to New York and the rest of the island, added after 1834, belongs to New Jersey.