Jacob van Zwaluwenburg memoir  Undated
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Erma L. Dixon was born around 1914 in Colorado and lived in Denver with her mother Edythe, who divorced her husband before 1930. Erma attended college and received a degree in drama. She and her husband, Soviet national and Colorado School of Mines graduate Basil Solovyev, moved to the Soviet Union in late 1934. He worked for the Ural Institute of Non-Ferrous Metal, where he did research for a thesis, and they lived in Krasnouralsk, Sverdlovsk Oblast. They had two children, Basil Lee ("Binkie") (b. 1935) and "Kevie" (b. 1937). In 1942, her husband Basil was sent to a military training camp, and Erma and Kevie, who remained in the Soviet Union throughout the majority of the war, returned alone to the United States around March 1946.