Mai-Liis Bartling (Hallikmaa)

Keeping the Estonian roots

Mai-Liis Bartling describes the reasons behind her mother’s decision to flee 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 was left behind. She describes their life in various refugee camps in Germany and the Estonians they met there as well as the emigration process to the United States.