The Man Who Wrote “God Bless America” Was A Refugee
“The 5-year-old and his family had traveled thousands of miles to escape. When they finally arrived on American soil, free from the marauders who had burned their house to the ground, the boy was placed in a holding pen with his brother and sisters, while immigration officials decided their fate.
From this story, a classic piece of music emerged."
Not to rest on his laurels, this former refugee child also composed another iconic song, “White Christmas.” Sheryl Kaskowitz tells the whole story in the NY Times.