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In Letters from Rifka a young girl and her family are making a journey to America. On the way Rifka gets typhus a very deadly disease. Her mom, dad and brother also got typhus and had to stay in the hospital. When everyone was well they went to Warsaw to get their tickets to go to America. The doctor had to examine everyone and said Rifka had ringworm. When she was good to go she went to Ellis island where she was examined again. The official Mr. Fargate said she still had to stay in the Ellis island hospital wards. She stayed there for twenty days when she finally was able to enter America.
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