For refugees fleeing for their lives, Lowell is city of hope

May 11, 2017. From the article: For more than 70 years, survivors of war and genocide have settled in Lowell, bringing with them little more than the hope for a better life. “They open businesses. They’re raising families. And they carry this incredible history with them,” said Robert Forrant, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. “They don’t wear it on their sleeve. Unless it’s a tattoo number from a concentration camp, it’s not that obvious.”