Tag Archives: George Trofimoff

Unknown Convergence

While Mary Bancroft, the first child of Hugh Bancroft, was following her freelance journalistic career in Zürich, Switzerland, giving talks to the American Women’s Club of Zürich, radio talks, and writing articles for the Swiss press, she was bored and longed for adventure. As German aggression heated up in Europe, she...

The Friends Want to Know More

After the Friends meeting that young George Trofimoff first attended, some of the Friends asked that he tell more of his World WarII experience in Germany. So, he promised to put together a presentation, practice his English and return the next Sunday. When Sunday came, George was prepared but nervous about...

Quaker Meeting

Young George Trofimoff had been in the home of Paul Butterworth at Sunset Farms for a couple of weeks, when “Uncle Paul” told him that he would like for him to attend the Sunday Meeting of the local Society of Friends, the Quakers. Uncle Paul wanted to introduce George to...

“Uncle Paul”

“Uncle Paul,” Paul Butterworth, owned a farm at Sunset Farms, West Hartford, Connecticut. It could easily have been photographed for a Currier and Ives calendar with its two-story house, pond down the hill and trees lined in orderly rows. This man of Quaker faith was both generous and disciplined. Young...

Learning The American Way

Young George Trofimoff had been at the Sunset Farm home in West Hartford only a few days when Uncle Paul came to his room and announced, “We must go shopping for ‘necessities.'” George did not know the term “necessities” but followed Uncle Paul dutifully, all the while wondering what necessities...

Missed Connection

You are leaving a city and country you have been in less than two years and don’t know all that well. You are about to board an airplane to fly across the Atlantic but have never before flown. You are flying to a city which you have only heard of....

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...

Looking For Family

Young George Trofimoff was in Paris, working, but also working toward immigration to the United States. He did not know if his father, nanny, or the foster family that raised him had survived the war. He had no way of finding out. He had inquired at the Red Cross, but...

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...