How did the war affect the possibility of repatriating Dad’s family after the Germans stormed into the Soviet Union that day in June, which was the same Dad arrived in Honolulu? Obviously, they would not be going to Moscow for their passports or travel tickets. Knowing that they had arrived in Kuibyshev, which was where the capital of the Soviet Union had been relocated and which was also the site of an American Embassy, had to be good. However, I knew they could not take the Trans Siberian railway across the Soviet Union and then hop on a steamship to Japan as Dad had done.
A trip to the library helped me locate an article in the New York Times, printed on July 7, 1941, which stated that “passenger service was suspended beginning today, presumably because of military needs arising from the Russia-Germany war .” The article was referring to all passenger service on the Trans-Siberian Railway. This was because the railway had become dedicated to military needs. In addition, I learned from the Holocaust Museum website that in early July, travel from Japan to North and South America, India and Australia was terminated after the Japanese occupation of French Indochina.
Would it be possible for them to travel at all with the war being fought on all fronts? Would Dad be able to get any money for their travel expenses? It was getting more and more complicated, particularly now that he was in the Army, and his family did not know. What would happen?