Cynthia’s Opinion by Cynthia
In September 1947, ’47, the Magazine of the Year, published an article contributed by Juanita Wegner, who had just become an American citizen. Her deep sense of euphoria about living in a nation with so many freedom’s was reflected in her heartfelt testimony. Wegner had spent most of her life on the run from the Fascists of Austria, Italy and Argentina, and all her life she had wanted to become an American.
After being granted her citizenship at Federal Court, the judge, a gray-haired man with a gentle voice, reminded Wegner to never forget what it means to be an American because “those of us who were born here or came when we were children, sometimes forget that.”
Wegner soon realized what the judge meant as she began to listen to her neighbors complain that almost two years after the war, sugar and avocados […]