They may not have called it the American Dream but for centuries people have gone to America in search of freer, happier, and richer lives. But is today’s American Dream a mythical concept or still a reality?
Isabel Belarsky’s tiny Brooklyn apartment fills with the sound of her father’s voice. Sidor Belarsky sings an Aria in Russian and 90-year-old Isabel, her lips painted an elegant red, sways gently to the song coming from her stereo.
Isabel speaks with pride about her father’s talent and his success as an opera singer: Albert Einstein was such a fan she says that he invited Sidor to accompany him on his speaking engagements and would ask him to sing to the audience.
How the Belarskys came to be in America is an extraordinary tale that Isabel loves to tell.