More Memories of Jerry Aagaard

Jerry sent me another memory of his time in the USSR as a fourteen year old American boy.  His father and uncle had gone to the Soviet Union as engineers working for American Lead, which later became Dutch Boy Paint.  Bringing companies such as American Lead and Ford Motors was  part of Joseph Stalin’s plan to industrialize the country.

This is, I believe, a continuation of his skiing-adventure story:

Alright, after wandering around, we started heading north to where the people were crossing the river. After a bit, I told Dad, “Hey look at all the dogs up there.”  

He replied, “Stay close to me this time. Those are not dogs.  They are wolves.”

My being a skinny little kid of 14, I would be a nice snack. I obeyed! Nothing happened and we made it back ok.

i’ll send more as my memory allows.

I guess it wasn’t all bad for Americans in the Soviet Union!

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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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