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IMMIGRANTS OF THE DAY: THE VON TRAPP FAMILY SINGERS

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Von trapp Most people know the story of this famous Austrian family that was the subject of the musical play and film The Sound of Music. Many may not realize that after the family fled Austria, they immigrated to the United States and brought their singing talent to American audiences. They also opened a lodge in Vermont that operates to this day. 

Father George and mother Maria passed on many years ago, but some of the children of that large family are still with us. Oldest daughter Agatha is now 96, but just a few years ago wrote a biography. Her sister Maria is now 95 and just last year returned to visit her native Salzburg. Sisters Rosemarie and Eleonore are also alive as is a younger brother Johannes who was born in the United States. 

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Still watch Sound of Music whenever it comes on TV. One of my favorites. Amazing! Liesl is still alive and perhaps has great grand children as well.
  2. Federale's Avatar
    But you did not note that they never got SSI, food stamps, or welfare of any sort. They also came legally.
  3. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    Actually, they very likely came as political refugees so it's good to hear you're in favor of a generous refugee/asylum policy. Glad you're an ally on this!
  4. Peter Piper's Avatar
    Sadly, today Europeans are all but excluded by US immigration policy. Current policy favors so-called 'family reunification' which favors brothers, sisters, parents, and children of current immigrants. Sounds fair enough, eh? But, the brothers and sisters then also become eligible to bring in their children as well, and so on and so down the chain. This policy means that only people from countries that are already well-represented in the US have a chance to get in.

    I know of numerous highly-educated people from European countries who would like a chance to immigrate to the US and have little chance to do so except through the visa lottery which only covers 50,000 people annually, and strangely, excludes people from the UK,
  5. Marius's Avatar
    I have been to the lodge!! They are so proud of their citizenship that they keep their green card visa in a plaque behind the desk...Sadly, when I stayed there I could not get a good night's sleep because it was so noisy...then again, I am a legendarily light sleeper..
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