10.06.2008

Nostalgic trip to Korja

We were on a nostalgic trip to Korja, visiting our former home regions now on the Russian side of the border. On our way there, some people had already had a few drinks, and others also started to open their bottles. One of the people taking part on the trip was MP Ulpu Iivari, who assumed the role of the hostess and asked everyone to take out a mug. The hostess made a round, pouring a small serving of Russian cognac for everyone. For those who had lived in Korja before the wars, she poured two servings. “For those who got one serving, this is a welcome toast. And for those who got two servings, this is both a welcome toast and a toast to celebrate their return to these lands of our fathers.”
Kaarlo Niemelä alias Mettä-Kalle 

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10/10

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...