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Baba- A True Survivor

I am fortunate that my two grandmothers lived long enough for me to remember them, but I really only knew my mother’s mom, who lived in the house next to us for my first thirteen years. My Russian grandma—Baba—came into … Continue reading

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He Should Have Passed on the Intourist Job

I was skimming through my father’s photo album and came across several photos of his older brother, Tony, dressed in a jacket and tie, posing with another young man who worked with him for Intourist. Intourist was the Soviet state … Continue reading

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Untrustworthy Now and Then

When my grandparents decided to leave their New Jersey home and move their family to the Soviet Union, it was a risky decision. Would there really be plenty of job opportunities awaiting them, and how would they be received after … Continue reading

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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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Goodreads Giveaway- Will it Work?

As I write this, it is 3:30 Sunday afternoon, the last day of my experiment with a Goodreads Giveaway. With just 11 ½ hours remaining, there are 785 people who have entered to win one of two copies of my … Continue reading

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A Step Closer to Solving a Family Mystery?

A dear friend and champion of my book sent me an article this week from the New York Times written by Neil MacFarquhar, From a Dacha Wall, A Clue to Raoul Wallenberg’s Cold War Fate. Could it shed some light … Continue reading

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Reflections- May 1941

I thought I would include the first two chapters to give any interested readers a feel for what I have written in my book, Do Svidanya Dad: Tracing the Story of an American Family Trapped in the USSR. Marty’s dreams … Continue reading

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