Among the documents I located at the National Archives was an interesting list- the geographical distribution of all known Americans living in the Soviet Union on January 15, 1942. Having read about the number of United States citizens who allegedly were enticed there by Stalin’s promises of job opportunities, it surprised me how small the list was. Was it because so many had already returned home like my father, were they missing or dead, or just not accounted for because they hadn’t “checked in” with the American Embassy?
Dad’s brother, Pete was traveling with two US citizens- Aunt Nancy’s husband Waldemar and his sister Vera. Were they one of the numbers on the report or were they omitted because their location was unknown? Look carefully. The number of Americans is only 157. Makes you wonder.