Immigrant’s dream is simple: Be a good citizen


By Becca Maag

For the Enterprise

Rudolf Trenkel immigrated with his family – his parents, a brother and a sister – to the United States in 1951. He is the lone survivor.

Rudolf was born in the Ukraine, which was opened up to German immigrants under Catherine the Great, empress of Russia. Rudolf’s ancestors were among those who chose to move there. However, in the 1930s, the German people were told to leave the Ukraine or become Russian citizens. Rudolf’s family choose to leave and settled in Poland.

In Poland his father managed a village store and had a small farm. Rudolf remembers going with his father to a larger city to get supplies for the store. Many times on the way home, they would both fall asleep, but the horses knew the way home.

This lifestyle changed when World War II began and Rudolf's dad . . .