[Reading] ➻ Into Exile By Elin Toona Gottschalk – Ivogue.co.uk

Into Exile This Memoir Focuses On The Experiences Of An Estonian Child Who Was Forced Into Exile With Her Mother And Grandmother During The German And Russian Invasions Beginning In 1944 Their Travels Took Them From Their Family Home In Haapsalu To A Displaced Persons Camp In Germany, Then, Finally, To Working Class Great Britain As Permanent Residents Along The Way, They Met Many Kindnesses And Deprivations, Sought And Found Forgiveness, And Fashioned A Life For Themselves Very Unlike The Life They Once Envisioned This Is A Story Of Alienation And Belonging, Of A Sensitive, Conscientious Child Who Is Finding Her Way In An Unfamiliar World.


10 thoughts on “Into Exile

  1. says:

    When I was young, Estonia didn t exist.That part of the world was one long pink block on the map of Europe and Asia, the letters USSR stretched across from West Germany to the Pacific Ocean Estonia was one of those names I rarely encountered in history books, like Mesopotamia and Sudetenland They seemed the interstices between interminable wars, but otherwise without context It wasn t until I d reached fifty that I began to learn about Estonia, flourishing in its 22 years of independence befo When I was young, Estonia didn t exist.That part of the world was one long pink block on the map of Europe and Asia, the letters USSR stretched across from West Germany to the Pacific Ocean Estonia was one of those names I rarely encountered in history books, like Mesopotamia and Sudetenland They seemed the interstices between interminable wars, but otherwise without context It wasn t until I d reached fifty that I began to learn about Estonia, flourishing in its 22 years of independence before the Soviet Union ironically established to give power to the people began systematically to erase Estonia s language, culture, and finally its people in mass deportations.Elin Toona Gottschalk writes A memoir is not a document about who did what and when, on a specific date, but who did what and when in a specific situation A memoir is a passing caravan of events and characters creating an indelible impression on eyewitnesses, whether a...


  2. says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Elin a few months ago at a local book signing event We exchanged books I gave her my mother s biography and she gave me her book Into Exile I was blown away after I finished reading it Into Exile is very applicable to the times in today s history with Russia trying to take over the Baltic States again Our soldiers are now stationed in Estonia to protect the country from being overrun as it once was by the Russians 70 years ago Into Exile is both hum I had the pleasure of meeting Elin a few months ago at a local book signing event We exchanged books I gave her my mother s biography and she gav...


  3. says:

    This is an amazing and powerful book It is truly a book everyone should read.


  4. says:

    Kindla peale on see selle aasta ks parimaid lugemiselamusi K llaltki mahukas raamat, aga selle lugemine l ks lennates Keeruline ja kurb jutustus, mis n itab v ga h sti raskusi, mis v ivad ette tulla siis, kui sa arvad, et see k ige keerulisem aeg on selja taha j etud Olukord, kus pagulaste jaoks oli k ige keerulisem kohanemine rahuaja eluga, on midagi, mida vast keegi ei suuda ette kujutada, kui nad ise ei ole sama teekonda l bi teinud K ik r givad sellest, kui hirmus ja kole on s da, ent Kindla peale on see selle aasta ks parimaid lugemiselamusi K llaltki mahukas raamat, aga selle lugemine l ks lennates Keeruline ja kurb jutustus, mis n itab v ga h sti raskusi, mis v ivad ette tulla siis, kui sa arvad, et see k ige keerulisem aeg on selja taha j etud Olukord, kus pagulaste jaoks oli k ige keerulisem kohanemine rahuaja eluga, on midagi, mida vast keegi ei suuda ette kujutada, kui nad ise ei ole sama teekonda l bi teinud K ik r givad sellest, kui hirmus ja kole on s da, ent see, mis toimub s jaj rgselt on midagi, mis unustatakse Kurb.See raamat pani v ga palju ka m tlema kriisidele ja konfliktidele, mis hetkel maailmas toimuvad ja pagulastele, kes oma elu eest p genevad kindlasti on olemas ka nn mugavuspagulased ning sellele, kuidas me nendesse suhtume, mis v imalusi me neile pakume, kuidas k ib nende hiskonda integreerimine jne Raamatus tuli v ga selgesti esile see, kuidas Suurbritannia s...


  5. says:

    Erinevus pagulase ja emigrandi vahel seisneb selles, et pagulane ei lahku kodumaalt vabatahtlikult, saabub sihtkohta halbade aimdustega ning elab edaspidi maal, millest ei saa kunagi kodu tegelikust kodumaast saab n nda kaotatud paradiis Mingil hetkel m istsin, et loen seda raamatut ja ihkan j uda l ppu, sest siis saavad asjad korda ja k ik on h sti Raamatu l pu...


  6. says:

    Minu arvamuse leiab seekord lausa kahest blogist Tallinna Keskraamatukogu blogist Lugemiselamused minu enda blogist


  7. says:

    A fantastic writer with a profound story Ms Toona tells of her brief childhood in Estonia, during which it is occupied by the Soviets, invaded by the Nazi s and reoccupied by the Soviets Then of escape west with her mother and grandmother to Germany, surviving the war as refugees, entering an internment camp for displaced persons and eventually immigrating to England where their hardships really begin With little formal education she becomes a successful writer and artist.There is almost too A fantastic writer with a profound story Ms Toona tells of her brief ch...


  8. says:

    An important book that tells an important story that is not well known Of all the nations that escaped the clutches of the Soviet Union, Estonia and its sister Baltic republics have the most inspiring stories, having risen from the depths of Soviet misrule and attempted ethnic annihilation My own family s...


  9. says:

    What a great read This book allows you to see the world of despair and new beginnings, but from the eyes of a child It s so easy to question why me in certain situations in life, but this young girl, along with her mother and grandmother, certainly learned to understand her own p...


  10. says:

    1944 aastal p genesid Liki ja Elin Toona ning Ella Enno paadiga Eestist Elin oli tollal seitsme aastane ning oma m lestusteraamatus meenutab ta lapsep lve Haapsalus, hoolitsevat vanaema ning v rana tunduvaid vanemaid, kel n itlejat k rvalt lapse jaoks aega polnud, kirjutab s jast ning paadis idust le mere, viimasest s ja aastast Saksamaal ning edasisest pagulaselust Inglis...


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