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Voice of Ladispoli

Victor Kaganer 's story posted by Dina Kaganer on March 04, 2013 at 10:11 pm. Victor emigrated from St. Petersburg, Russia to New York, United States in 1989

In 1989, Victor and his wife left Russia and came to Italy, where they lived in Ladispoli for seven months with their daughter, son-in-law, and newborn granddaughter. Victor worked as an editor of a newspaper called “Voice of Ladispoli”, but his real profession was electrical engineering. This newspaper was for Russian Jewish immigrants, who were curious to know the current events going on in Russia. This newspaper was the only source of information that Russian immigrants could turn to for novel events occurring in Russia; it was the only way to stay connected to their native land. A spate of Jewish immigrants did not know Italian or English; they were lost in Italy, confused by the language and the dissimilar surroundings, and were disconnected from the country they left.


Victor earned his role as an editor because he was one of the few immigrants who knew English and Russian. It was uncommon for Russian Jews to know English, but Victor was an exception as he knew English relatively well. His job was to look through Russian and English newspapers and magazines and choose interesting material to publish in Russian.


When Victor reminisces about his experiences as an editor, the first thing he remembers is how he could use the copy machine for any reason and at any time of day. He took full advantage of this opportunity because no one was allowed to make copies on a copy machine in Russia. Victor happily used the special features the copy machine had, whether it involved shrinking or enlarging an article. In addition to making copies, Victor translated a substantial number of articles, typed them up, cut them, and glued them to the newspaper. Many people, especially Victor’s wife Bella, were so eager to read the newspaper that they continuously asked to see unpublished editions. The newspaper allowed many immigrants to follow the events happening in Russia and in other countries. Victor enjoyed working as an editor of “Voice of Ladispoli” and only remembers it as a thrilling and enriching experience. 


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