Where Were All the Americans?

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.

1942-geog. distrib

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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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