Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Bumblebee Searches for Tony-Random Act of Kindness

My research into the story of Dad has refueled my belief that despite much of the horrific news that gets thrown at us much too often, the world is still filled with much kindness and generosity and the Internet and … Continue reading

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The Buzz About What Happened to Tony

My previous blog, Was Anyone Safe?  mentioned that “his brother and sisters had been instructed to proceed to Moscow to pick up their passports.”  There is a subtle message from me in this statement- brother is singular, but Dad had two brothers. The … Continue reading

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Evacuated

What had happened to my grandparents, aunts and uncles?  The diary, letters from the National Archives, and page 195 of  the book, “The Forsaken,”  all pointed to one place- Kuibyshev. A search on Google told me that Kuibyshev is presently … Continue reading

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Was Anyone Safe?

It will come as no surprise that whenever Dad wrote a letter to anyone- the State Department, the American Embassy, an Army official- the response usually took months. There was a war going on, so his letters were not a … Continue reading

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Home at Last- July 1941

I am sure that the news reports that Hitler had double-crossed Stalin and invaded the Soviet Union both shocked and worried Dad.  He had no way of knowing if his family was in danger or whether they were hidden from … Continue reading

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Dire News Out of Soviet Union-June 22, 1941

After being warned about a Japanese attack against the US, Dad knew that he had to leave Japan as quickly as possible. The ticket on the Japanese ship, the Kamakura Maru, was one hundred seventy-five dollars, which was the amount … Continue reading

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Pearl Harbor-Did Dad Know?

I imagine that Dad was exhausted after his 2-3 week journey on the Trans-Siberian Expressway, yet happy to finally be leaving the Soviet Union behind. After being dropped at the pier by a taxi, he boarded a Japanese steamer for … Continue reading

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