Ejnar Farstrup


Danish immigrants, ethnic group, United States, homeland


Very few Danish immigrants who came to the United States just prior to and immediately following the beginning of the Twentieth Century were acquainted with the English language. Immigrants of every ethnic group have countless tales, some comic and some rather serious, of the difficulties which befell them. Years after their arrival, most of them could regale themselve at length with stories of misinterpretations and the blending of language from their own experiences. A good sense of humor carried most of them through. Others succumbed to a nostalgia which drove them back to the homeland. Still others, who might have wished to leave, were financially bound and had to struggle with longings of the heart and had to deal with a sense of pride which constrained them from letting their relatives know how difficult the transition really was.