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Victoria Confino

From Kastoria

Victoria Confino emigrated with her family from Kastoria (in the Ottoman Empire, now modern day Greece), to New York City in 1913. Along with her parents, five brothers, and two cousins, Victoria made her home in a 325-square-foot tenement apartment at 97 Orchard Street, on the city’s Lower East Side. The Confinos’ Sephardic Jewish customs differed from those of their Eastern European neighbors. They spoke Ladino, a blend of Hebrew and Spanish. The family worked hard to sustain themselves in their new country; Victoria protested being removed from school at 13 to help out in her father’s factory. Today, visitors meet costumed interpreters portraying Victoria Confino in 1916 at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Through conversations with “Victoria” in her re-created tenement apartment at 97 Orchard Street, visitors learn about immigrant experiences in early 20th-century America.

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