Tag Archives: Berlin

Luxury

Young George Trofimoff had never experienced luxury. Growing up in his foster home in the Russian emigre enclave of Berlin, he was well cared for and was raised in a good environment. That is not to say there was an excess of goods, and, as World War II progressed, there were...

The Tearing of War

In how many ways does war destroy? It tears at the social fabric of the attacker but even more so the attacked. It destroys infrastructure and access to food, shelter and sanitation. But one effect of war is the separation of families. Young George Trofimoff in Berlin had an extended family....

Trofimoff Tennis

As a child in Berlin, George Trofimoff was sickly, so much so that at age ten he almost died with double-sided pneumonia and was sent to a sanatorium to heal. Fortunately, his father taught him chess, and from early youth, he played a lot of chess, including his period of recuperation at...

Youthful Reflections by George Trofimoff

After Hitler’s National Socialist Workers Party came to power after his election as Chancellor of Germany, the country started to change drastically. The industrial and economic developments quickly became obvious: there were no longer any unemployment lines looking for jobs and there were no lines for food or consumer goods....