National Geographic : 1992 Feb
Watermelon sweetens the lot of three fam ilies-thirteen immi grants who crowd into a three-bedroom apart ment.Jobs are as scarce as housing. Leo nid Lerner-inventor, engineer, and World War II hero-works as a janitor, but he's been through worse. As a child, he saw the Nazis slaughter his family. "I am living 48 years ex tra," he says. "That's why I'm an optimist."