Concerns of the Travelers

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The Many Unknowns

The travelers didn't know how their presence in USSR would be received and the degree to which they jeopardized their safety. In addition, several questioned how they would get through security with all of their letters and other personal items. For instance, Marlow Boyer, the main photographer of the trip, packed a lot of film and whether this film would be taken away or not was also a huge concern.


During this intense period, any travel to the USSR was very risky. However, any concerns this group had about how the USSR government would respond to their presence was hindered by their strong committment to advocate peace.

Betsy Bell reflects on her experience in peace activism and states how it is important to get involved. All of the travelers in this peace activist group took action, not waiting for others to make a difference.