The first miracle in my life

We lived with our small family (four of us) in the city of Narva. Mother was a kindergarten teacher and father an ambulance driver when the war started. Father did not believe that he would be sent to the front as an ambulance driver. Mother went to work in the kindergarten in the morning, father went to work in the emergency room. However, he was drafted into the war, sent by train to Russia and killed at Velikiye Luk.

The mother with her two small children (I war 5 years old, brother Väino is 3 years old) ran away from the city even before 6-7 th March 1944, Narva was bombed. It was a difficult journey on foot. My little brother Väino was in my mother’s arms, a suitcase with some necessary things was in her other hand, but I always walked with my mother when she was carrying either my brother or the suitcase. We were met by a benevolent man with a horse cart who took us a little further.

Our aim was to reach Simuna, where we were promised asylum. But Narva was on fire. Our apartment and practically all of our small possessions were destroyed. The city of Narva was razed to the ground.
Such a big miracle that mother managed to escape Narva with us in time. Thank God for this deliverance!

By Taimi Ploompuu.

 

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