CBS Evening News for Sunday, May 29, 1977
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(Studio) Detroit, Michigan, man, Victor Herman, is reunited with daughters after yr.'s separation, which had roots in USSR labor camps under Joseph Stalin.
REPORTER: Ed Bradley
(NYC) In 1931, 300 Michigan families signed contracts to go to USSR to help build auto plant in Gorky, USSR , to be done by Ford Motors; Herman's family was one of them. Herman's early years in USSR noted; in 1937, Soviet authorities came to United States compound. [HERMAN - notes arrest of all in building by secret service.] Move was part of Stalin's purges in 1930's; Herman was also arrested, later. [HERMAN - says Stalin was, for practical purposes, mad and there was no response from United States government Notes methods of survival in concentration camp. Says he's only one of about 200 Americans to survive. Michigan relative tried to find information about him and was told family perished in World War II.] With rise of Nikita Khrushchev, Herman was released, but official papers said he was Soviet citizen; met woman in camp who became wife and mother of 2 daughters. [HERMAN - tried to get back to US during 1950's, but