Opa's visit to Kansas City seems like it went well. It's really intriguing to see the details of how refugees and immigrants have to navigate a pretty jumbled process, especially when it's my own grandfather.
If I'm not mistaken, Kansas City was the first "big city" Opa got to visit since his arrival to the United States. He spent time on the East coast in New York and Philadelphia before heading to Kansas, but after that he was fairly confined to the plains. The hustle of a city must have been a little nostalgic for him- even if it was completely different from Berlin.
Opa shares the answers to some of the questions he brought up, but not all of them and I'm really curious! We know that he is secure in the U.S. as long as the war is on. After the war ends his status gets a little shaky, but as long as he stays out of trouble, he should be able to buy enough time to get his citizenship papers rolling. One way for him to get citizenship is to jump through a thousand loopholes. I volunteered for an organization that helps vulnerable immigrants, and one such person was in the United States on a special visa that marked her as a refugee of sorts. There was an insecurity in the person's status, because at any time the policy could change in a way that might declare the country of origin to be "safe" and therefore she was no longer in need of refuge. The problem was that under her special status, the only way she could start a path to citizenship was to leave the country and come back in as a different kind of immigrant (under a different status). This is exactly what Opa was being told to do some 75 years ago.
Opa said that there was an easier, shorter way of getting his first papers towards citizenship and then leaves everyone hanging by saying he'll tell Grandmother when they see each other. Seriously?! You went into the gritty details of the other option but won't even give us a hint on this one? What was it? I'm wondering if it was joining the military. We know Opa eventually joins the military, but it didn't happen till later, and we know he didn't (at least period to this) have any interest in joining. So I am super curious what happens and what the letters will tell us from here!
He answers the question about the marriage- but leaves out the most obvious answer we were looking for! Of course Grandmother retains her citizenship, but what about Opa? Maybe that was the quicker route and he didn't want her to feel pressured or rushed?
Opa played golf for the first time, which cracks me up because I can't imagine playing an entire game with zero experience.
So far Opa has options, seems fairly safe in his status as a visitor to the United States. Anything and everything can change in a heartbeat, but for now, in the eyes of the United States, he is "Completely Reliable."