Posted By:Melanie White
Subject:Re: Alien Registration
Post Date:November 15, 2012 at 07:52:27
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I don't think Vaso came to the U.S. before WWI ended. That's because members of the SGS have said passports weren't issued to children under 16. Vaso wouldn't have been 16 until after WWI started. He would have turned 18 during WWI in 1917 and THEN would have had to fulfill his 2 years of obligatory military service. I don't have any record that he returned to the U.S. so I'm not concerned about looking for any WWII records, however, I'm not ruling them out either.

I'm not sure that Vaso ever became a U.S. Citizen because I don't think he was in the U.S. very long. What about visa applications?

I've been on the Minnesota Discovery center's web page many times and have contacted two people about employment records. I know for a fact that Vaso was in Hibbing Minnesota working in one of the open pit iron mines, I just don't know when. I can nail it down to a date range in terms of years.

On a different note, knowing more about the history of Yugoslavia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia etc...I see why the SGS say it's unlikely that Vaso's mother was German and Father was Yugoslavian. However, knowing about the Ustasha, Chetniks etc...IF Vaso's mother were German, would it be likely that Vaso was an ethnic Serb living in a Croat village, Slovenia or Germany?