Mai-Liis Bartling (Hallikmaa)

Maintaining the Estonian roots

Mai-Liis Bartling describes the reasons behind her mother’s decision to escape from Estonia. She explains how the decision was influenced by her first husband, who served in the German army. Bartling also specifies why the rest of the family got left behind. She describes the life in various German camps and the Estonians they met there as well as the emigration process to the United States.