Actually I say Russia as everyone always used that as a generic term because of the Soviet Union.....we are from the Ukraine really......not too far from Chernobyl but well before that was even built. They saw the writing on the wall and while they were not Jewish they did not like what they were seeing so fled. The unfortunate thing is not all of the older kids and their families came so some are still there. My stepmom tried to look for them but the records are such as mess that unless she wants to go hand search she ran into a wall. I actually hope to be able to some day.
They all settled in North Dakota, Montana area and my grandfather worked on building dams such as the Hungry Horse Dam in Montana and the Grand Coulee dam here if Washington where he met my grandmother....she was waiting tables in a cafe. She was first generation German.
It's funny how we all came to be where we are now.