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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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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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Staying Under the Radar

 My grandfather had a conversation with my father just before Dad left to return to the United States in 1941.  My grandfather told Dad “never belong to any political organizations. If I was a Communist when Kirov was shot, I … 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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