Category Archives: Living in the USSR

Experiences of American family from New Jersey living in the Soviet Union from 1931-1947.

After All These Years

I was watching a news show on television Tuesday night—The Rachel Maddow Show—and the introductory story mentioned that the Soviet Union used to have an official travel agency. That comment immediately got my attention, particularly when she stated that it was created … Continue reading

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Knock Knock. It’s Just the FBI

My father refused to speak about life in the USSR so the FBI paid him a visit. Could something similar happen under a Trump administration? At the time—sometime in the mid 1950’s—Dad had served four years in the Army during … Continue reading

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What If?

I just returned from a trip to New Jersey where I visited my mother and daughter, flying up on April  10.  That date would have been Dad’s 95th birthday. Considering all that happened during his lifetime, it is a miracle to … Continue reading

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Trying Every Angle

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 … Continue reading

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Looking to the Embassy for Help

In addition to the diary, Dad’s dresser contained some letters similar to those which I found at the National Archives. After collating the letters from both locations I was able to get a better picture of what happened to them … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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Down Memory Lane with Jerry Aagaard

I thought I would share some of the emails from Jerry Aagaard, the man who was issued his passport in Moscow the same day as Dad- April 29, 1941. (Another Living Survivor of the 1941 Trans-Siberian Railway Found) Jerry has continued … Continue reading

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