| Lidia Lozovsky
Immigrant from Ukraine
Oil on canvas 40 x 30
Lidia Lozovsky was 7 years old when her father was
expelled from Ukraine. An economist, hed written
something that the then-Communist government didnt like and
was given a choice: "spend the rest of your life in an insane
asylum or leave the country." To leave, he had to divorce his
wife and marry a Jewish woman, as only Jews were permitted to emigrate.
Lidia sobbed with her mother and older brother as they saw him board
the train to leave Kiev. In Chicago, he divorced the virtual stranger
and moved to New York City, where he taught at Columbia. He sent
for Lidia when she was 22, and forced her to type his manuscripts.
After six months, feeling trapped, she took a job as an au pair
for a Hasidic family, and happily worked for them until one of their
friends suggested that she become secretary to a wealthy businessman.
She learned business skills during the 13 years she worked for him,
and when he retired, started her own doggie day care center in Long
Island City. You couldnt do this in Ukraine, she says, even
today, because of corruption. People show up wanting payments "for
protection. And banks lose your money. Its
very easy to start something here as long as you have ability
and stamina, you can do it."
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