Sometimes we have a second to decide what to do in a situation, and we don’t always know the consequences of our choices. Last week I wrote about my aunt Eva in a post about some of her life. During the WWII her sister-in-law lived very close by Eva and her family. In the last year of the war, the […]
I am fascinated by the ways some people have been able to survive hardships without losing their minds
In this post I will include the testimony of Elfriide Kulgver. Elfriide Kulgver was born in Estonia (1909 – 1992). Like so many other people in the Baltic countries she and her family was deported by the Soviets on the 14 of June 1941 without any notice. (Post number one and post number two and post number three are linked here). In […]
I regret that I went to work to get bread and soup and let Jyri be in the ward of others'. He still might have died, but I could have been with him his last days. This is one of the horrible things of life that you voluntarily do things that you later regret without being able to change anything
How do you manage life when your husband has disappeared and your two toddlers have died of malnutrition and infections?
This is the first post of a serial of five posts based on Elfriide’s life story as deported from Estonia to Siberia and back to Estonia. Number Two, Three, Four and the post scriptum. We have friends with a dramatic background in their ancestry story. Our friend Kristjan comes from Sweden and his father Herbert escaped the Germans and the Russians by fleeing from Estonia […]
Primo Levi describes the humiliation of being a KZ prisoner and the traits of those who are in charge. The mothers prepare as much as possible for their small children the night before they leave the transit camp for good. They didn't forget napkins, cushions or toys. Wouldn't you do the same if you and your child ware to killed tomorrow?