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Ellis Island
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In 1892, the small island in front of New York, from which the Manhattan skyline is visible, became the most important point of entry for immigrants to the United States. The vast majority of the more than two million Jews from Eastern Europe who emigrated to America from 1880 to 1924 entered the country through the bottleneck of Ellis Island. Sometimes called the “island of tears,” for the Jewish immigrants …

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Sorin, Gerald, “Ellis Island”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0199>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20180401

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