Tag Archives: White Russians

The Russian Culture Club

Uncle Paul heard there were some Russians living in Hartford who had created a “Russian Culture Club.” He wasn’t sure what that was but thought that young George Trofimoff might like to attend. The following Saturday evening, George went into town and located where the meeting was held. It took...

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...

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....

Post War France For A Russian Emigre

George Trofimoff had survived the end of the war and escaped to France. This had been the path of many White Russians. It was a story of disarray, lost family members, societal confusion and the persistent attempt to regroup and reorganize. Thus, the Russian community enclave in Paris began developing even...

Welcome To America!

George Trofimoff, as a teen-age boy, escaped the Nazi enlistment and the close of WWII by escaping to Paris. At first he found a job painting silk scarfs, but when that employer closed, he was desperate to find work. It was impossible to get employment without a work permit from...