On June 1, 1955, Wini arrived in New York Harbor on the ship, Italia. His favorite memory of being on the ship is that so many people were sea sick, but he felt great. As a result, he got to eat at least three portions of food at each meal. It was the most he had ever eaten. It was also the first time he had ever eaten a banana. He was 22 years old.
Wini: "The food on the ship was good. At this time, I had my first banana. We had bananas in Germany too, but they were so expensive to buy, I never had one. I knew I had to peal it, but did not know if I needed a knife or how to go about it. I had to watch the other people around me to figure it out. It was delicious.
It was the longest vacation I ever had. The ship made a few stops in France, England, and Halifax and arrived in New York Harbor on June 1st 1955. When the ship Italia pulled into the New York Harbor and I saw the Statue of Liberty and downtown Manhattan, I was in awe. The site was overwhelming for me."
When Wini & Stefanie first moved to New York City, a subway token cost $0.13.