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Vito Corleone – Ellis Island

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
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In the town of Corleone in Sicily in 1901, a funeral procession for Vito’s father, Antonio Andolini, takes place. He had been killed on the orders of the local Mafia chieftain, Don Ciccio. During the procession, Vito’s older brother Paolo is also murdered because he swore revenge on the Don. Vito’s mother goes to Ciccio to beg him to let young Vito live. When he refuses, she holds a knife to his throat, sacrificing herself to allow Vito to escape, as Ciccio’s gunmen shoot her. With the aid of a few of the townspeople, Vito finds his way by ship to New York. Arriving at Ellis Island, an immigration agent, mishearing Vito’s hometown of Corleone as his surname, registers him as “Vito Corleone”. Quarantined because he has smallpox, the nine year old boy gazes at the Statue of Liberty through the bars of his cell.
[Wikipedia]

Immigration Ellis Island 1911

Monday, March 22nd, 2010
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