Tag Archives: Leningrad

The Dream Not Forgotten

One moment my father was attending school in a small town in New Jersey, when suddenly, his parents announced they would be moving to the Soviet Union before the end of the year. He would be leaving his friends and … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Gift from a Bumblebee

I usually take a break from blogging on Saturday and Sunday, but this time, I must make an exception.  Today I read the blog posting from “Bumblebee Trails,” in which she mentions her search for the grave of my Uncle … Continue reading

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A Bumblebee Searches for Tony-Random Act of Kindness

My research into the story of Dad has refueled my belief that despite much of the horrific news that gets thrown at us much too often, the world is still filled with much kindness and generosity and the Internet and … Continue reading

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The Buzz About What Happened to Tony

My previous blog, Was Anyone Safe?  mentioned that “his brother and sisters had been instructed to proceed to Moscow to pick up their passports.”  There is a subtle message from me in this statement- brother is singular, but Dad had two brothers. The … Continue reading

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Tony, the Secret Police, and Helen Hayes

The entire family held steadfast in refusing to become Soviet citizens, so they were forced to leave Leningrad. They ended up in Novgorod, which is about 125 miles south of Leningrad. Dad always claimed they were exiled there, although looking … Continue reading

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Aftermath of an Assassination- and Dad

In reviewing the video made by my brother in 1995 in which Dad discussed his memories growing up in the Soviet Union, I honed in on my father’s memories of the story about cranking the gramophone for the “Communist Big … Continue reading

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It Wasn’t All Bad in Leningrad

Going to school in Leningrad was not as bad as Dad and his siblings had anticipated. There were many other American families like his who had immigrated to the Soviet Union, so they all made friends easily.   They were not … Continue reading

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