Some interesting material in _Hope Dies Last, The Autobiography of Alexander Dubc~ek_ (ed. Jiri Hochman).
Dubc~ek's parents met in Chicago; he was very nearly born here. They returned in the early '20's when a lot of Slovaks were still leaving the country. His parents were active in the local Communist party. Later the family moved to Soviet Central Asia, to a commune. Most of the 100 + Slovaks plus other Czechoslovaks who went with them were looking for work and prosperity that they could not find at home. I imagine that it had become a lot more difficult to enter the U.S. at that point in time.
Of course they were completely deluded about conditions in Turkestan. A very interesting book so far.
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