Need genealogy tips for Russian immigrant to US who was deported back to USSR as a result of the Red Scare in 1919-1921

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We are trying to find out the family history of a Russian immigrant, Joel Stark (Stark-2867), a family relative, who was deported as a result of the Palmer Raids and Red Scare in 1919-1921.

Here is the information that we have:

Joel Stark was born in the Russian Empire at “Lamaz, Sedlegko, Russia” (spelling?) which is sometimes part of Poland; birth date around 4/28/1889. This is based on a web copy of his World War I US Draft Registration. It is not completely legible but it appears to be hand-written by him.

Joel Stark and his wife immigrated in stages to the U.S. between 1912 and 1917. Their first child was born around 1915 while they were temporarily living in Denmark or Amsterdam. Their second child was born in 1918 in New Jersey.

As a result of the “Red Scare” and the Palmer Raids, several hundred immigrants were deported from the U.S. between 1919 and 1921. We think Joel Stark was taken into custody on January 20, 1921, based on a newspaper article. We believe he was deported through Ellis Island shortly after.

Joel Stark had to leave his wife and their 2 children in the New York City area when he was deported.

Per oral family history, he became a commissar in Russia and probably died before World War II ended, maybe as a result of the Commissar order (Kommisssarbefehl).

Based on this information, can anyone help us with any connections to family names or towns in Poland/Russia? I realize the spellings (“Lamaz, Sedlegko, Russia”) may be incorrect or changed. We would like to figure out Joel Stark’s family history.

Lists of the names of the people deported between 1919 and 1921? And where the people were sent?

Or any ideas about web sites or research references that we could use?
WikiTree profile: Joel Stark
in Genealogy Help by Susan Stark G2G Crew (640 points)

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