Maja’s Anguish: Immigrant Struggle and Abandonment

What is it Lord that I am not seeing?….. The struggle is too great for me alone……….

Grandma Maja: Swedish trained nurse

The American Great Depression brought down a storm too heavy at times for Grandma Maja to bear alone. Her dead husband (dying in 1932) was no longer at her side to lift her up. She was a widow now with 3 small children. Survival was on her lonely and grieving shoulders.

Linnea, Delores and Peter at the Lake Michigan Beach
Maja and Carl Oscar Wittenstrom very much in love in Chicago, 1923

Two Swedish friends: Axel and Svea Soderlund came to Maja’s rescue helping with the children as Maja went off to all night nursing assignments 7 days a week.

In my book, My Maja A Grandson’s tribute I explain that Maja had two nervous breakdowns. Despite her courage and dedication to live up to her own high expectations she broke.

If you have a moment, this Amazing song and Swedish music so beautifully expresses the anguish and torment I sense broke Maja’s heart.
In the days of losing her mind and her children.
In the days leading to her suicide decision.

The music moved my heart to tears as Maja reaches out to God as the strain is too great. Only God can deliver her.

A second song that speaks to Maja’s struggle:

Published by Donnie: An Admiring Grandson

Living an inspired life modeled after my Grandma Maja, who stepped up as a Swedish immigrant widow and mom of 3, facing America’s Great Depression while demonstrating uncommon grit and valor. I am determined to share her life lessons so she is no longer forgotten. I have a book to share and the reader will preview the entire story by visiting here. You are most welcome.

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