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Immigrant’s Magic Touch Brought ‘Gold’ to Southland

URL: http://www.jewishjournal.com/books/article/immigrants_magic_touch_brought_gold_to_southland_20090415

Through Frances Dinkelspiel’s literary blog, Ghost Word (francesdinkelspiel.blogspot.com), I kept up with the progress of her biography of Isaias Hellman, a Jewish immigrant who arrived in California in 1859 from Bavaria. As with many immigrants, Hellman had very little money; however, by the end of his life, he had transformed Los Angeles into a modern city and helped California become an economic power.

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