The Forsaken: The American immigrants to the USSR

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If anyone's familiar with Tim Tzouliadis' 2008 book, 'The Forsaken', it's an account of the Americans who immigrated to Soviet Russia in the early 1930s and what became of them as they got swept up by Stalinism. It's certainly a part of history I had never heard of -- several thousand Americans, some communist true believers and others beleaguered coal miners and other down-on-their-luck souls seeking out the good life in the USSR.

It might be worthwhile to put together a project for them and connect them to their families. Maybe a tag?

Some of The Forsaken, as mentioned in the book:

Marvin Volat, from Buffalo NY.

Joseph Sgovio and his children Thomas and Grace, from Buffalo NY.

Alex Shopik, from Pittsburgh PA.

Henry Jaffe, a WW1 veteran from Chicago.

Lucy Flaxman, Arthur Talent, Carl and Sirkka Hakanen, and Arnold and Walter Preedin, and the Abolin family (James, Arthur, Carl, and Lucy) from Boston.

Robert Robinson, Walter Reuther, Victor Herman, and Albert "Red" Lonn from Detroit.
in The Tree House by Jessica Key G2G6 Pilot (205k points)
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Hello Jessica, This link https://russiananzacs.net/ is not about the question you asked for but you may find something in it that may help."Russian Anzac's" In Australian History by Elena Govor

Kind regards Ross Geissmann, Queensland, Australia

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Do you have any addresses for this book. A relative [https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Wallen-395] was an oil producer, this a newspaper account of his and family's escape
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Addresses? I'm not understanding... the book can be ordered on Amazon.
That's a address, thanks
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My grandmother was Grace Sgovio. I was looking online for family history information and came across this.
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