A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 8, 1945

If you worked for TIME in Russia, could your wife (with no notice until this moment) wind up all her affairs here and be off to join you on a ship sailing within 36 hours?

Add to this: a 13-year-old son to go with her, a country house to close and a town apartment to rent, an incomplete visa, no travelers' checks, nothing packed for a trip of any kind. And once-she-gets off the boat, her route will lie 900 miles across two war-ravaged nations.

More and more TIME wives will face problems like this as peace makes it possible for them to...

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