The view of Manhattan from Ellis Island
Media playback is unsupported on your device

Ellis Island: Gateway to the American Dream

Ellis Island, the arrival point for millions of migrants seeking a better life in the US, closed after more than six decades in December 1954.

Isabel Belarsky was one of those who made the journey with her family at the age of 10 from her native Russia in search of the American dream.

Witness is a World Service programme of the stories of our times told by the people who were there.

  • 26 Nov 2014
Go to next video: I took three bullets for Princess Anne