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Book Signing,  Kristina Rosenvinge: Escaping the Russian Bear


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Book Signing, Kristina Rosenvinge: Escaping the Russian Bear

An Estonian Girl’s Memoir of Loss and Survival During World War II

Kristina von Rosenvinge’s mother perished in 1940 when two Russian warplanes shot down the unarmed Finnish airliner Kaleva. This unprovoked criminal act occurred in what was technically peacetime, but the fragile relationship between the USSR and Finland and the occupation of Estonia by the Red Army, prevented further inquiry. All Kristina knew was that her mother would never return. When her father, serving in the German army, died on the Eastern Front, she was adopted by her aunt and uncle. They understood, after the deportations in 1940, that they had to escape occupied Estonia or be destroyed by the Russian Bear. This is 'an Estonian's girl's memoir of loss and survival during WWII' , a moving account of how the family first masqueraded as Baltic Germans, made their escape, and returned to Estonia, only to make another last-minute departure on a German troop ship on the last day before the Soviets returned to Estonia...

Earlier Event: November 6
Story Time with Nanny K
Later Event: November 12
JillSplat Bookclub