Filmmaker Michael Chanan offers a celluloid portrait of distant family member Solomon Abramovich Trone, a successful electrician whose landmark work for General Electric in both Russia and America has been omitted from the history books due to his Marxist politics. A participant in both the 1905 and 1917 revolutions, Trone went to work for General Electric in the Soviet Union before World War I, then continued his work for the company in the United States after fighting ceased. Later, he would play a pivotal role in the building of the Dneprostroi hydro-electric power station, the largest of its kind at the time of its construction. Later, in April of 1930, Trone was present at the Prompartia trial, in which a number of enegineers he knew quite well were accused of sabotage. In 1931 Trone retired from GE, and in 1940 he and his wife Florence began devoting their energies to saving Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. It was during a trip to London in 1953 that Trone discovered his American passport had been cancelled during Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts, and that was where he settled.
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