May 18, 2005

I am looking for information on Dimitri Panteleieff, a translator on Gen. Chennault's staff, 1939-1950? An aristocratic Russian, who had fled the revolution to Harbin, China. He is my Grandfather.

Ed Hodges
E-mail photohmg@earthlink.net


May 31, 2005

Hi Tom:
Information on my Grandfather after 1920 is very sketchy. He left Russia, moved to China, somehow ended up with Chennault who was instrumental in getting him the papers necessary to come to the US in 1950 where he died after being here for only a few months. The only info I have for sure is that he, his wife (Lydia Panteleieff 1894-1969) and daughter (my Mother) went to China. Mother and daughter then moved to the US via Canada, and Dimitri showed up in San Francisco in 1950. I am trying to verify the facts of his where-abouts between 1920 and 1950. I also have info that at sometime during those years he was a prisoner of the Communists.

My Grandmother, Lydia Panteleieff, died at the Tolstoy home in New York (1894-1969).

Dimitri's brother Maxim and Lydia, were both rather famous opera singers.

I really appreciate all your help, and the others who have emailed me in response to your efforts. My Mother recently died and I am just now realizing that there is a fascinating story that she never told me.


June 1, 2005

Hi Tom:
I don't know where or when my Grandfather was born, Lydia was born circa 1890 in Kiev. They met in Vladivostok. Lydia's Father (Alexander Shamshev) was the Czar's architect for government buildings in this newly established city and Dimitri was the publisher of the Russian newspaper headquarted in Harbin Manchuria. I have attached 3, not very good, photos. All taken circa 1920.

Dimitri Panteleieff - ca. 1920

Dimitri Panteleieff - ca. 1920

Lydia (Shamshev) Panteleieff - c. 1920

If you would like to share any information about Dimitri Panteleieff, please let me, Tom Moore, know.

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