Tag Archives: Americans in Soviet Union

An Unexpected Contact

For those of you who have read this blog and possibly my book, you know that I spent a lot of time researching the story of my family’s years in Russia beginning in 1931. I did my best to be … 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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Done!

It’s done. My book is out, and I feel proud, relieved, and fearful. It is like the naked dream, because while my book was sitting on my computer, I was safe. Now my words are exposed and that is a scary … Continue reading

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Cold and Homeless in Kuibyshev

I stumbled upon a wonderful book, “Only the Stars are Neutral”, written by Quentin Reynolds, a New York-born journalist who spent time in Kuibyshev during World War II. While in Kuibyshev, he resided at the Grand Hotel, which is where … 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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Where Were All the Americans?

Among the documents I located at the National Archives was an interesting list- the geographical distribution of all known Americans living in the Soviet Union on January 15, 1942. Having read about the number of United States citizens who allegedly … Continue reading

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Surrounded by War

How did the war affect the possibility of repatriating Dad’s family after the Germans stormed into the Soviet Union that day in June, which was the same Dad arrived in Honolulu? Obviously, they would not be going to Moscow for … Continue reading

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Kuibyshev at Last

For three weeks after my grandparents and aunts arrived at the Sverdlovsk Station on Christmas Eve 1941, the diary reported nothing of significance. At some point, they must have heard that the capital had been moved from Moscow to Kuibyshev, … Continue reading

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Reunited

I imagine that my grandmother and aunts were frantic with worry not knowing what had happened to my grandfather. At the next station, two of my aunts, Helen and Nancy, got off the train to look for him, leaving my … Continue reading

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Going from Bad to Worse

It was now December 16, 1941- four months since their forced-evacuation from Novgorod, and my grandparents and three aunts had traveled more than sixteen hundred miles. The journey was not over. My grandparents were able to obtain some salty pea … Continue reading

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