It was now March 1942. Dad had learned that his sisters and parents were now in the new Soviet capital city of Kuibyshev, but the whereabouts of his brother Pete and sister Nancy’s husband Waldemar Bulvahn were unknown. They had been separated from the family in August just before when Hitler’s forces stormed into their town of Novgorod. (see Running From the War.)
His family was stranded in a city which had now swelled to over one hundred thousand, they had little money since they had not worked since the previous summer, and the food supplies were not good. They needed the money to go home and it was up to Dad and his family to get the necessary funds, since they learned that the State Department was unable or unwilling to provide funds for Americans residing in the Soviet Union.
While Dad attempted to figure out something on the home front, his brother Pete and Waldemar devised a plan of their own– join the United States Army. This was a similar idea to one which Dad and his brother-in-law had devised the previous year, which was to join the British Army in India. In both cases, the men figured that their military pay would be sufficient in bringing their family home.
In both cases, their requests were denied.