Sudiev! Good-bye!: Joys and Hardships of a Lithuanian Immigrant Girl Eve Bates

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Published: June 26th 2015

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Sudiev! Good-bye!: Joys and Hardships of a Lithuanian Immigrant Girl  by  Eve Bates

Sudiev! Good-bye!: Joys and Hardships of a Lithuanian Immigrant Girl by Eve Bates
June 26th 2015 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 246 pages | ISBN: | 10.17 Mb

Sudiev! Means “Go with God” in Lithuanian. In her book, the culmination of a 20-year long inquiry into her heritage, Eve (Widzenas) Bates says her farewells to a distinct Lithuanian way of life, to the American family farm and to many worlds ofMoreSudiev! Means “Go with God” in Lithuanian. In her book, the culmination of a 20-year long inquiry into her heritage, Eve (Widzenas) Bates says her farewells to a distinct Lithuanian way of life, to the American family farm and to many worlds of yesteryear.

By recollecting things past with a keen memory and a loving heart, she has enriched us all with a valuable and moving record.Sudiev! Was to be a novel, but as Eve (Widzenas) Bates delved into the past, she realized that the actual struggles of her parents and fellow immigrants were more gripping than any fiction. Her book is fittingly dedicated to her children and grandchildren as well as to that highly endangered species—the people who still till the soil anywhere.Born of Lithuanian immigrant parents in Camden, N.J.

at the height of World War I, Eve Widzenas Bates spent her childhood on a procession of truck-farms in Burlington, N.J. The strands of her Lithuanian-American childhood, happy, secure and yet marred by the prejudices against her nationality and religion, are skillfully woven into her narrative. She salvages from oblivion a series of portraits of her relatives and ancestors, and places them in a carefully researched national and historical background.In the spring of 1940, Eve married Linwood T.

Bates. The times were hectic. Adolph Hitler was already plundering Poland and the Baltic states- and after Japan surprised this country by striking our naval bases at Pearl Harbor with devastating fury, Mr. Bates decided to volunteer for the U.S. Submarine Service. He served aboard the USS Sablefish in the Pacific Theatre until March of 1946. He mustered out and got home just in time to welcome their first daughter. Eighteen months later our second daughter arrived in December of 1947.Due to her husband’s career as a manufacturer’s representative for several watch companies, Eve often relocated to different areas of the country.

When her children entered college Eve took the Real Estate salesman’s test and joined Milt Carter’s Realty Office near Albany, NY, which she enjoyed so much that she went to Russell Sage College in Troy, N.Y. and studied New York State Real Estate Law. Eve passed the arduous state broker’s test, was licensed, and sold real estate until her husband was transferred to establish the northeast territory in Florida for the Bulova Watch Company.

In 1972 Florida had no reciprocation with New York State, so she did not pursue her real estate career. After she was widowed Eve earned an Associate in Arts Degree.Her creative writing came into focus after she made a pilgrimage to the Soviet-subjugated country of Lithuania, the ancient birthplace of her parents.

After this sentimental journey Eve became obsessed with the reproduction of Baltic folk tales that were brought to America by her parents at the turn of the 20th century.

As children Eve and her siblings delighted in hearing those fabulous stories during the 1920s when they had no television or even a radio. With the help of her sister and brother Eve managed to recreate many of these fantastic fables which their story-telling mother told in her native Lithuanian tongue, one of the world’s oldest languages, which, according to philologists, closely resembles the archaic Sanskrit.Eve says “For one who was born to unschooled immigrant parents, who made their living growing tomatoes for the Campbell Soup Company, I’ve been blessed to have experienced an excellent, wonderfully magical lifetime.

I thank Providence for my charming descendants and precious heirs. I thank Him for my daily bread, for the roof over my head and for all my other creature-comforts. I thank God for the good health and stamina He provided to write five books:Sudiev (Goodbye), published first in 1975 by Manyland Books, is a biographic saga about the Widzenas family.



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