• Chicago Cold War: Lydia Usha

    Usha, Lydia, Moomey, Kristin

    Lydia Usha left the Soviet Union in 1990 and went to Israel, and eventually the United States. Dr. Usha studied medicine in the United States. She eventually went on to work in the oncology department…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Amara Enyia

    Enyia, Amara, Egbert, Catrien, Mitchel, Yasmin

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • Chicago Cold War: Caryl May

    May, Caryl, Wright, Brandon

    In 1949, when Caryl May was in the fifth grade, she began a pen pal relationship with a young East German boy named Gerhard Bach. One day, May received a letter from East Germany, and subsequently nev…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Diane McGee-Lewis

    McGee-Lewis, Diane, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • I WAS THERE: Stephen Zucker

    Zucker, Stephen, Alter, Peter

    In 1968, Mr. Zucker worked for the City of Chicago as an assistant corporation counsel, a lawyer. He was involved in arrests and litigation surrounding the riots after Martin Luther King Jr.'s death,…

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  • Chicago Cold War: Adriana Portillo-Bartow

    Portillo-Bartow, Adriana, Alter, Peter

    Adriana Portillo-Bartow was born in 1953 in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Her large family became involved in the leftist resistance against the United States-backed Guatemalan government. On September 1…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Levette Haynes

    Haynes, Levette, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Latoya Winters

    Winters, Latoya, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • I WAS THERE: Michael S. Glass

    Glass, Michael S, Grannan, Jill

    Mr. Glass, who was twenty at the time of the 1968 Democratic National Convention, grew up with a politically connected grandfather in Chicago's 24th ward. His grandfather arranged for Glass to be a gr…

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  • I WAS THERE: Jim and Hjordis Garner

    Garner, Jim, Garner, Hjordis, Long, Tim

    Hjordis grew up in west suburban Oak Park, Illinois and Jim, who was born in Missouri, graduated from college in Missouri and later entered the United States Navy. After school and military service, h…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Norvel Jefferson

    Jefferson, Norvel, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • I WAS THERE: Donna and Edward Becht

    Becht, Donna, Becht, Edward, Long, Tim

    Donna Becht was born in Chicago and raised in the Logan Square community area. Edward was also born in Chicago and lived in the West Town community area. At the time of the Democratic National Convent…

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  • Chicago Cold War: Martyl Langsdorf

    Langsdorf, Martyl, Licata, Haley

    Martyl Langsdorf was born in St. Louis in 1917 to a prominent family of artists. Her husband, Alexander Langsdorf, was a physicist at Washington University St. Louis, when he was conscripted to be par…

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  • Chicago Cold War: James J. McNalis

    McNalis, James J, Yaros, Craig

    James McNalis was born in Aurora, Illinois, in 1952. His father had served on a battleship in the Pacific in World War II. In 1972, McNalis received a draft notice and signed up for the Navy. Assigned…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Carolyn Crockett

    Crockett, Carolyn, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Willie Morris Jr.

    Morris, Willie, Jr, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • FORTY BLOCKS: Marilyn Wilder

    Wilder, Marilyn, Breakthrough Film Crew

    Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a community based organization that provides social services on Chicago's West Side, and the Chicago History Museum collaborated on this oral history project. The Museum…

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  • I WAS THERE: Marian Shaw

    Shaw, Marian, Alter, Peter

    Ms. Shaw was widely involved in civil rights and social issues throughout her life. She described how, as a reporter for the Roosevelt University newspaper, she witnessed the rioting in Grant Park, in…

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  • I WAS THERE: John Viramontes

    Viramontes, John, Grannan, Jill

    Mr. Viramontes was sixteen years old and working in the coatroom of the Chicago Public Library's main building at East Randolph Street and North Michigan Avenue during the Democratic National Conventi…

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  • Chicago Cold War: Dace Kezbers

    Kezbers, Dace, Yaros, Craig

    Dace Kezbers was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1943. Shortly after she was born, her family moved into a Displaced Persons camp in Germany to avoid the Soviet occupation of Latvia. Kezbers and her family m…

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