10.06.2008

A painful mission

The Winter War had broken out. We numbered about a dozen men tasked with escorting and guiding people and cattle to take the Savukoski road towards the west. In Kotala, we shot the cows in the barn since we could not take them with us. When we left Kotala, the soldiers immediately set the buildings on fire. All buildings had to be burned down; we could not leave anything behind that might have been of benefit to the enemy. Even all chopped firewood was burned. It was a bitter moment for many farm owners and their wives to know that soon their houses and possessions would be burnt to ashes.
Kaarlo Niemelä alias Mettä-Kalle

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The tale behind the name Murhahaara (Murder Branch)


In the northern parts of Salla, in the Tuntsa area, there is a hut in the wilderness called Murhahaara (Murder Branch). For centuries, it has been rumoured to be haunted. In the guestbook of the hut, people have scribbled warnings to those spending the night about ghosts appearing during the...