Driving Natalia - 1940-11-14

This would be funny if it were not tragic, less than 3 months after the murder of her husband, and 2 years after the murder of their son, and almost all of their other family lost as well. After Aug 1940, most of the other guards return to the states, and Henry is called on to drive Natalia "into town". Henry was raised on a farm in Indiana. Farm boys learn to drive early, but he had possibly never owned a car, and probably had little big city driving experience. He gets into it with Natalia, is afraid he might be fired, and proactively writes this defense. They get over it. He had great respect for Natalia Trotsky. When she grew sick near the end of her life, Henry flew to Paris to pay his respects in 1962.