Marking 70 years since the mass deportation of Estonians, including my great-grandmother
By Estonian Ambassador Toomas LukkMar. 28, 2019
In a free world, she would have been considered ‘an entrepreneur.’ Instead, the Soviets labelled her a ‘kulak’ and treated her with all consequences of the meaning of the word.
Estonian Ambassador Toomas Lukk’s great-grandmother was forced to leave her home and move to Siberia as part of the Soviet Union’s March 1949 deportations from Baltic states. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Operation Priboi (“Tide” in Russian) in Soviet-controlled Estonia began with a pounding on the door in the early hours of March 25, 1949. This was a wake-up call that changed the lives of many Estonians forever.
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