Maili Malvre

The war took their homeland along with their social position

Maili Malvre reminisces about the times when both her parents were successful and their high society lifestyle in an apartment in Kadriorg. The family discovered (thanks to an acquaintance’s tip-off) that they are in a list of people who are to be deported. The family escaped Estonia on one of the last war ships that left Roomassaare for East Germany. Malvre describes her life in East German camps, an epidemic of typhus, her mother’s tuberculosis and subsequent death as well as their emigration to the United States.