Discover life as an immigrant in 1916 through the eyes of 14-year-old Victoria Confino. A costumed actor portraying Victoria provides a first-person perspective inside her apartment. Hear Victoria share experiences about immigrating to America from Greece, living at 97 Orchard Street with her parents and five brothers, and adjusting to life on the Lower East Side. A family-friendly tour, visitors can engage with Victoria, explore her home, and ask questions about her daily life and the journey of becoming American.
The Confino Family Story
The Confino family emigrated from Kastoria (present-day Greece) to New York in 1913. Abraham and Joseph arrived first and then a few months later, Victoria’s mother, Rachel made the long journey across the Atlantic with Victoria, David, Saul, and Jacob.
Life on the Lower East Side was very different from the Confino’s hometown of Kastoria. As Jews with ancestry in Spain, Victoria and her family may have felt out of place among the Eastern European Ashkenazi Jewish community on the Lower East Side. Not only were their traditions different but so too was the language they spoke. Kastoria’s beautiful mountainous landscape turned into the crowded and dirty streets of New York City. Accustomed to living in a spacious and comfortable home, Victoria and her family had to adjust to tenement housing in a narrow and cramped apartment.
Made possible by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation