When Hurricane Sandy hit, Miriam Eisenstein-Drachler was evacuated from the Belle Harbor Manor nursing home in Far Rockaway and taken to the Park Slope Armory. During her second week stay at the Armory, she penned a letter about her experience during the hurricane, and how it took her back to a time in 1935 when she emigrated with her parents to America from Poland.
Here's her touching letter, in part:
The night storm Sandy was raging forcefully – and wrathfully, I found myself standing at the window in my room ad the Belle Harbor Manor observing, both faithfully as well as fearfully, the unstoppable rise of the waters. “Mother nature is out of control,” I murmured to myself. “May the Almighty, the Creator of mother nature, help us in this hour of need!”By association my psyche took me back to January 1935, the time we were heading on a Polish boat to the shores of the United States of America, ‘the golden land,’ to rejoin our father, Rabbi Simon Eisenstein of blessed memory, who emigrated from the Polish shtetl Jasionowka, near the better known city of Bialystok – several years before us. I relive the contradicting emotions of that day – joy, hope and promise on the one hand; fear of the unknown, on the other hand…And the Atlantic Ocean is raging on….
Read the rest at The New York Times.