Ruth Sootaru (Pärnits)

Escaping the Soviet power

Ruth Sootaru describes her childhood in the small Pudisoo village, Estonia, from which she fled across the Gulf of Finland, in the fear of deportation and of the occupation authorities. She reflects on the journey to Sweden through Finland and life there with her first husband. She also talks about the difficult journey on a sailing boat to the United States and her marriage with Armas Sootaru. Reflections on life in the United States include descriptions of the Estonian community in America.