After my father arrived in America on a temporary visa, he decided to settle permanently as an illegal immigrant. And because his brother Morris living in Brooklyn carried the Schweid
name, my father did not want to get him into trouble because of his illegal status. Thus he researched for a new name and came up with Brown. Perhaps his dark complexion and being nicknamed “Brownie”
influenced his decision.
My father, who was acquainted with his wife-to-be from growing up together in Nesvizh, traveled to Chicago. They later married and that’s how I was born.
After my father departed Nesvizh, some of his family remained.