So, in my family history, we have relatives that fell behind the Iron Curtain, of the Soviet Union. I'm comfortable using that phrase, because perhaps my recent ancestors were the first to feel what others, especially in Eastern Europe & the Baltic Region would come to know. We weren't Russian. We were German, Alsatian in particular. My people moved to Russia in the late 18th Century, by invitation of Catherine the Great, them Empress of Russia. She married the grandson of Peter the Great, also called Peter. Upon his death, she became sole Ruler of Russia. Being such a large land, she invited what she viewed as industrious Germans, to move to Russia, mainly for farming & increasing food production. There were good years, hard, but good. But, after her death, things slowly became unfavorable for the #immigrants, little by little, until a century later, it was outright terrible. Then, in 1914, #thegreatwar In that war, Russia & Allies fought against Germany. My relatives were no longer considered Germans, by the Nation of Germany. But, Russians saw them as such.
(To be continued in comments.)
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