Passport Request in Order

I did some research and learned that while Iran tried to remain neutral during World War II, by the time my aunts were attempting to leave, Iran had joined with the Allied Powers, providing an important water and rail supply route to and from the Soviet Union. The suggestion that my aunts return home through Tehran now made sense to me.

It is important to note that two letters which I found at the National Archives validated their American citizenship and acknowledged the passport applications which they all executed on April 9, 1940. In fact, a letter from Charles Dickerson, chief of the consular section in Kuibyshev to the Assistant president of the Kuibyshev Executive Committee informed him of their status. Mr. Dickerson also asked the Soviets for assistance in finding the girls temporary living quarters.

On the surface, this sounded as if their departure would be relatively soon, since they now had a travel route out of the USSR and the support of the American Embassy.  Unfortunately, this was not the case.

Letter from American Ambassador in Kuibyshev to Asst. President of Kuibyshev Executive Committe-- January 20, 1942.

Letter from American Ambassador in Kuibyshev to Asst. President of Kuibyshev Executive Committe– January 20, 1942.

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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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