IN THE MEMORY LANE
This is very similar to (please see Note 1 below!) what the conditions on our ship – the coastal scooner P/L ÒELLIÓ, with which some 190 people, including our family of eight - were like, when we escaped from Saaremaa, Estonia to Sweden seventy years ago, in September, 1944, ahead of the oncoming Soviet-Russian occupation of our birth-homeland. Elli left the ÒKŸdemaÓ Bay around midnight on September 22 - and arrived in Farš, Sweden in the early morning hours two days later, on September 24. For the final fifty or so nautical miles, we were escorted by a friendly Swedish Naval ship, which spotted us in their coastal area; at that point, we were in the midst of a strong Baltic Sea autumn storm, which almost sank our ship.
Below is a copy of a recent Swedish Radio article about people like us – as we arfrived in Sweden 70 years ago.
"70 Œr har gŒtt sedan den 21 september 1944 dŒ sovjetiska trupper intog Estlands huvudstad Tallinn. Och medan jŠrnridŒn delade Europa mitt itu škade flyktingstršmmen šver …stersjšn till Sverige. HŠr samlades tiotusentals balter i flyktinglŠger fšr att sŒ smŒningom smŠlta in i det svenska samhŠllet. Till dem hšrde frilansjournalisten Dodo Parikas estniska familj som hyrde rum i en dragig och sliten Saltsjšbadsvilla fylld med estniska flyktingar."
Copied for own and friendsÕ information and use from the "ESTONIAN WORLD REVIEW"
The original article - with some additional background details - can be found from the Swedish website of: sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/430916?programid=909
Note 1: Even though the ship in photo on page 1 above looks very similar to our Elli (at least as I remember it!), it may well be a photo of a similar ship that sailed from some other Estonian or Latvian harbor at the time. In September 1944, there were a number of such coastal vessels - and various smaller boats - that were used by desperate people leaving their homeland behind in hope to safely reach Sweden - as far away as possible from the rapidly approaching Red Army and the Soviet-Russian occupation of their homeland that was following the army!!!
Toronto, Ontarkio, Canada
September 21, 2014
John (Johannes) Pahapil