Merike Weiler


Merike Weiler tells a story about her grandfather Aleksander Weiler who owned one of the largest newspapers in circulation in Estonia before WWII. Aleksander was arrested during the first Soviet occupation (1940-1941) and detained in Patarei prison in Tallinn. When the German army conquered Tallinn in 1941, he was one of the few that managed to escape from Patarei. In February 1944, the warfare reached Estonia’s borders. Aleksander Weiler sent his family to Finland as it seemed to be a safer place for them. He himself didn’t leave Estonia until September 1944 when the German army started its retreat from Estonia’s territory. To get a place in a refugee boat, he had to buy a pig that had been taken along by another escapee. The pig was left behind.