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Oklahoma Immigrant Citizens

Hear and learn from the oral histories of Oklahoma's most influential immigrant citizens and how their lives and leadership shaped the success of our state.

Learn From These Influential Oklahomans

Eva Unterman

Eva Unterman

Holocaust Survivor

In the summer of 1939 there was a little girl living in Lodz, Poland who was looking forward to the first grade. It was while on the family summer vacation …

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George Matson

George Matson

Southern Hills Country Club

For fifty-five years George Matson answered the phone at Southern Hills Country Club as “Golf Shop George”. George painted houses in Ireland until 1955, by which time he had saved …

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Jenny Brouse

Jenny Brouse

Business Owner / Community Leader

Brouse’s Shoe Store in Utica Square was a prominent business for many years in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jenny Brouse was partner, buyer, and secretary/treasurer for the family-owned business from 1975 until …

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Kenneth Renberg

Kenneth Renberg

German Immigrant, WWII Veteran

Born Günter Renberg on November 30, 1920 to Anna and Herman Renberg in Delmenhorst, a city in Northwest Germany, he immigrated to the United States in June 1937, leaving behind …

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Marian Opala

Marian Opala

Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice

Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Marian P. Opala was born January 20, 1921 in Lodz, Poland. In 1939, Marian had just enrolled in law school when Nazi Germany invaded his homeland. …

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Maxine Kelamis

Maxine Kelamis

Savoy Restaurant

Nick Kelamis is where the story of the Savoy Restaurant begins. In 1910, he left Greece with a dream to build a better life for his family in America. A …

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Mike Samara

Mike Samara

Celebrity Club Fine Dining

The son of Lebanese immigrants, Michael Samara was born in 1924 in Oklahoma City. He started working in restaurants for his brother, Jake, at the age of twelve. He managed …

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Sister Therese Gottschalk

Sister Therese Gottschalk

St. John Health System

Sister Mary Therese Gottschalk was born in 1931, in a tiny village in Bavaria, Germany, the second of 14 children. Sister Therese entered the Order of the Sisters of the …

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