Surrounded by War

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?

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About kjw616

I am a genealogy detective. I have already written one book about my Irish family's journey from 19th century Ireland to the United States- a family history sprinkled with personal anecdotes. My second book was intended to be a similar story about my Russian ancestors. Instead, it turned into a tale of just my father's immediate family. It is the tale of what happens when 6 children from New Jersey are moved to the Soviet Union by their Russian-born parents during the Great Depression. It details who lives, who dies, and who is able to return to NJ during a time when leaving the USSR was not an easy endeavor, particularly during World War II and the Cold War. It is my hope that those interested in history during this time period will find this story fascinating as well as those fellow amateur family historians who will learn some of the tools such as ancestry.com, visits to the National Archives, and local libraries I used to uncover this story.
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