Monthly Archives: September 2013

It Wasn’t All Bad in Leningrad

Going to school in Leningrad was not as bad as Dad and his siblings had anticipated. There were many other American families like his who had immigrated to the Soviet Union, so they all made friends easily.   They were not … Continue reading

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Communal Living- What a Surprise!

The home Dad’s family moved into in Leningrad must have been a shock to the family.   It was nothing like their house in Rockaway, which was a palace in comparison.  In their New Jersey home, they had several bedrooms, a … Continue reading

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He Was Always Bumping into History

As I discussed in a previous post, “The Marriage between History and Genealogy”, our ancestors stories may become enhanced and understood by studying the history of the era in which they lived. I found this particularly helpful in learning about … Continue reading

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A Book with Some Answers

Before discovering the book written by Tim Tzouliadis, “The Forsaken: An American Tragedy in Stalin’s Russia”, I had no idea the scope of emigration from the United States to the Soviet Union during the Great Depression.  I knew Dad’s family … Continue reading

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Great Depression, Soviet Union and Google Search

I researched life in Rockaway, New Jersey during the Great Depression via local news articles, the 1930 census, city directories, and a trip to the county hall of records to view my grandfather’s house records- both the sale and purchase. … Continue reading

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