Read about history and pick out an interesting one
1985- metmike's smartest decision ever........getting married to his wonderful wife, Debbie.
1988 – Japanese American internment: U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, providing $20,000 payments to Japanese Americans who were either interned in or relocated by the United States during World War II.
Makes sense for reparations to go to the actual people that were harmed(and some heirs of those that had recently passed).
The United States Census Bureau assisted the internment efforts by spying and providing confidential neighborhood information on Japanese Americans. The Bureau denied its role for decades, but it became public in 2007. In 1944, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the removal by ruling against Fred Korematsu's appeal for violating an exclusion order. The Court limited its decision to the validity of the exclusion orders, avoiding the issue of the incarceration of U.S. citizens without due process.
In 1980, under mounting pressure from the Japanese American Citizens League and redress organizations, President Jimmy Carter opened an investigation to determine whether the decision to put Japanese Americans into concentration camps had been justified by the government. He appointed the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) to investigate the camps. The Commission's report, titled Personal Justice Denied, found little evidence of Japanese disloyalty at the time and concluded that the incarceration had been the product of racism. It recommended that the government pay reparations to the internees. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed into law the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 which apologized for the internment on behalf of the U.S. government and authorized a payment of $20,000 (equivalent to $42,000 in 2018) to each camp survivor. The legislation admitted that government actions were based on "race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.
Jewish (Ashkenazic): patronymic from the Yiddish male personal name Berke, Germanized form of either the Polish spelling Berkowicz or eastern Slavic Berkovich.
The most Berkowitz families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 19 Berkowitz families living in New York. This was about 43% of all the recorded Berkowitz's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Berkowitz families in 1880.
In 1880, the most common Berkowitz occupation in the USA was Cloak Dealer. 14% of Berkowitz's were Cloak Dealers. Cloak Dealer, Clothing Store and Dealer In Dry Goods were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Berkowitz. A less common occupation for the Berkowitz family was Dry Goods & Clothing.
There are 34,000 census records available for the last name Berkowitz.
Thanks for the geneology search, Mike.
Actually, when my grandfather came to Eliss Island, he and his brothers were given the name of Berkowitz. In Russia the name was Burkul or Burkule.
After he earned enough money, Grandpa brought Grandma and the kids over. Don't know when that was, but my dad spoke with a slight accent. He was seventeen when he joined the Army during WWI.