Tag Archives: National Archives

Is There an FBI File Somewhere

I have decide it’s time to resurrect my attempts to find an FBI file on my father because I am convinced one must exist somewhere. Here’s my reasoning: He was an American living in the Soviet Union—a Communist country– who … Continue reading

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Hunting for the Clues

We are all so busy. There’s not enough time in our day as we run from one activity to the next. Even our children are overscheduled with music lessons, baseball practice, dance lessons, and school. No one has time to … 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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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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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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The Woman in the Photo

Genealogy research takes a lot of persistence and patience. We would all like to hope that our ancestors’ stories can be easily pieced together by filling in a few names and dates at ancestry.com.  Sometimes, particularly with an unusual name, … Continue reading

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Never Give Up on the Research Hunt

How have I been able to learn so much about my father’s story growing up in the Soviet Union in the 1930’s and 1940’s, particularly since there is not a lot of information out there on the internet regarding that … Continue reading

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Dad Was Always Picking Up the Phone

Dad was always picking up to the phone to right a wrong or warn one of his children regarding what he saw as impending doom.  He was constantly complaining of odors emanating from E.F. Drew, a local chemical company which … Continue reading

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If Only They Stayed in NJ

With so many documents to photograph and time running short before my days at the National Archives would be over, I had little opportunity to read any of the letters and memos I located.  Yet I come there based upon … Continue reading

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Sending Money to Moscow?

I awoke early the morning of my third day of my trip to the National Archives, anxious to learn the contents of the file I had found the previous day.  Now an expert as an archives researcher, I knew the … Continue reading

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