Category Archives: Elle

Elle’s life

Growing up in Perth

Elle’s family found a vacant farmhouse which the owner let them use, if they’d take care of his cow, which they did.  Elle learned to milk the cow by hand, which I painfully learned about when I tried to hold … Continue reading

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Opportunity to emigrate

Estonian families in Geislingen were given the opportunity to emigrate to America, Australia, or Brazil. Elle’s mother wanted to emigrate to the United States, but didn’t have a complete family.  Elle deliberately went out on the street to find a … Continue reading

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Trying to live a normal life

After the war, life in Geislingen settled down to a semblance of normality.  Children went to school; black marketeering was rampant; people tried to make a living in any way they could find. ————– Elle became interested in ballet when … Continue reading

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Starvation, and more

Many months from late 1944 and onward were, to Elle, a mixture of temporary stays in abandoned barracks and other buildings while moving place to place to avoid the war.  Elle remembers living in a convent when the war ended.  … Continue reading

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South by train

Elle, her mother, two younger sisters, paternal grandmother, and grandmother’s sister fled south from Estonia in a train cattle car.  The car was divided, with cattle on one end and refugees on the other.  The refugees had only straw to … Continue reading

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Elle, the refugee

Elle was born in Viljandi, a small town in central Estonia, a small country sandwiched between the Baltic Sea to the west and Russia to the east.  She was born just before World War II broke out.  She was the … Continue reading

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The bombshell

One day, as I walked into my hotel communal shower area, I glanced at the wall mirror. To my shock, my image in the mirror looked me straight in the eye and said, “Mister, it’s about time you were married!” … Continue reading

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