Category Archives: World War II

I Underestimated the Horror

Although I planned on no further posts for a few weeks, I am too excited to wait. I recently found an article which was posted in the Bridgewater, New Jersey Courier News on July 12, 1945—just five days after my … Continue reading

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How Did He Do It?

This day in 1941, my father arrived in Honolulu—a weary twenty-two year old young man traveling alone to New Jersey from the Soviet Union. I think that writing this story as a mother of three adult children gives me more … 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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Would Someone Provide the Money?

It has been over a month since I last wrote of the predicament my aunts found themselves in as American refugees who ended up in the temporary capital of the Soviet Union—Kuibyshev—after they were pushed from their home in Novgorod. … Continue reading

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Please Don’t Make Them Leave

The telegram received by Dad in July 1942 was sent by his sister Anna. That was the first time he learned that his brother Pete was lost. It was a very brief correspondence. Anna told Dad that permission to remain … Continue reading

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A Letter to Dad

Knowing that Dad was in the Army, where both his time and income were limited, must have been devastating news for my aunts. Their lifeline  was disappearing. I have often thought about conversations I wish I had had with my … Continue reading

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Would They Ever Leave?

Finally, during the second week in February 1942, my aunts learned that Dad was in the Army, stationed in Georgia rather than at the home of their friends in New Jersey.  This must have devastated them, since they now realized … Continue reading

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