Chicago: A Sweet Homecoming

A Sweet Homecoming

When Abe Stolar left with his parents for the Soviet Union in 1931, his native West Side Chicago neighborhood babbled with Yiddish and Polish. Now Spanish fills the air around Humboldt Park, Murray F. Tuley High School has become Jose De Diego Academy, and the place where Stolar's home once stood is a vacant lot. But to Stolar, 77, back last week after 58 years in the U.S.S.R., it felt familiar. "It's wonderful," he said. "I feel 60 years younger."

His father vanished into the Stalinist terror of the 1930s, but Stolar lived on. He served in combat with the Soviet...

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