"Do we have a definitive list of shipping dates from the first to the
Well, the very last was the oil tanker Kaganovich, leaving Krasnovodsk
on August 31, arriving Pahlevi September 1.
"Iron Lazar" Kaganovich was a great drinking buddy of Stalin's. He
co-signed the Katyn Order for the execution of the Polish prisoners in
the spring of 1940, and he ran the railway network that took the
civilians to Siberia etc.
Khrushchev didn't care for him, and after Stalin's death Kaganovich was
sent to run a potash factory in Kazakhstan, which I think ought to be
some small comfort to the Poles who were exiled there. -- Dan Ford US