Raija-Liisa Mäkelä: Minä, muilutetun tytär. Puoli vuosisataa Neuvostoliitossa [Abductee’s daughter. Half a century in the Soviet Union]
Minä, muilutetun tytär. Puoli vuosisataa Neuvostoliitossa
[Abductee’s daughter. Half a century in the Soviet Union]
Jyväskylä: Minerva, 2009. 321 p, ill.
€ 24, hardback
During the period 1910-1930 many people defected from Finland to Russia/USSR both for political reasons and in the hope of better living standards. The labourite leader Yrjö Mäkelä was forcibly abducted across the border by the radical Finnish right-wing anti-Communist Lapua People’s Movement. Mäkelä’s fiancée also emigrated to the USSR, where the couple married and had two children. Raija-Liisa Mäkelä was born in Petrozavodsk, close to the Finnish border, in 1938, but never saw her father, who was interned in one of Stalin’s prisons and executed, although innocent. In the Soviet Union the Mäkelä family had both to carry the label of ‘enemy of the people’ and to endure majority (Russian) population’s antipathy towards Finns. The memoirs cover the family’s experiences from 1930 until 1990, when the author was able to move to Finland. In addition to providing evidence of remarkable survival skills, the book contains an interesting portrayal of Finnish widows and their families living in Petrozavodsk and nearby Sortavala.
Tags: Finnish history