"It's all earth and sky!" was the reaction of one German-Russian immigrant when she arrived on the plains of the Midwest. In It's All Earth and Sky, a 60-minute documentary, five representative Germans from Russia who have attained success and stability share their insights on the process of becoming American.
Immigration implies departure as well as arrival. Transport from one country to another may mean deportation; it inescapably includes exile, whether voluntary or forced, and brings disruption to families in the old country and in the new. Immigrants require courage and fortitude, even when they are weak and poor. Like many others who have come here seeking a land of promise and opportunity, Germans from Russia have suffered, and the have prevailed. This program features interviews with Arthur Flegel, Debra Marquart, Al Neuharth, Henry Schmick, and Brian Schweitzer.