Anthony Pietraniec

Grandpa Tony and me

April 7th, 2007 marked the 100 year anniversary of my paternal great-grandfather Anthony Pietraniec's immigration from Domostawa, Poland to the United States of America. What is today a relatively short trip by plane across the atlantic was at the time a two-week journey to a completely new world by boat.

Anthony Pietraniec passed away on in December of 1980 at the age of 92 but I'm fortunate enough to have an interview with Anthony conducted by his son, my great uncle Louie Anthony Pietraniec on April 2nd, 1978 on the 71st anniversary of his trip. This hour-long interview has been converted from cassette tape, transcribed, and broken up into 5 individual mp3 files.

Anthony may have passed, but this recording - albeit very short, stands in testament to, and provides a glimpse into his life and the lives of immigrants who passed through Ellis Island in the early 20th century.

While I've done my best on the transcription, there are still some parts missing or possibly incorrect. If you have corrections, questions, or comments, feel free to contact me at npietran (a)


Part 1
From Domostawa to Dunkirk

Part 2
Dunkirk to the Depression

Part 3
Visits to Poland

Part 4
Grandpa's Opinion

Part 5
More of Grandpa's Opinion

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