Recovering in Pärnu and Merano

Nugiseks often recalls this hot and distant summer. In June and July he lived in the Grand Hotel in Pärnu, in room number 13. He considered this magical number to be his lucky number. Many journalists visited Harald in Pärnu who again and again wanted to know what and how it happened under Vaasa. Nugiseks told them that besides being cruel and brave you also need soldier's luck in the war. And he had had his share of this luck, that's why he was still alive. He didn't know back then that he will be lucky again in the big accidents waiting ahead in the future.

His health was gradually improving. The crisis had passed, but Nugiseks needed serious rest to completely recover after being ill for a long time. It was a shame that a man who had grown up near the water was not allowed in the sea by the doctors. Nugiseks liked Pärnu because it was peaceful and quiet. People were very friendly with him. One journalist noticed that his hotel room was full of flowers. Women had been sending him these, many of them he had known for a long time already. But there were strangers too, who gave him bouquets.

One day he received a phone call. He was asked to participate in SS and Police leader Möller's reception, which was going to take place in Alatskivi castle. Harald Nugiseks accepted the invite. The table was richly set. Harald's father received a horse as a gift. The road back from Alatskivi castle to Tartu went through a forest. Suddenly men noticed a tree on the road. The car managed to pass it, but there were several other trees ahead. It was clear that this could have been done by those who were sent by the enemy. Nugiseks could have faced death there as well. The driver turned the car around and drove to Tartu along a highway.

Time passed and Nugiseks went to serve in reserve battalion in Klooga. The doctor sent him from Klooga to Merano in Italy for an additional vacation. The vacation in Merano was beautiful, but the misery that had hit his homeland was constantly on Harald's mind. He was surrounded by the hills and a torrential river with its fresh beauty. The sanatorium was in the valley where the soft, caressing wind blew. His room was on the third floor, which was meant for officers.

Once he was playing chess with one of the officers who was vacating there and he told Harald that an Estonian woman, an Italian soldier's widow, was in Merano and wants to meet the fellow Estonian. One day Nugiseks saw this woman reading a newspaper in the waiting room downstairs. An intuition told him that it was her. Some time later the woman introduced an Italian communist to Nugiseks, who was eager to find out what communism was like in Estonia. Nugiseks told him about what happened in Estonia on June 14, 1941 and noticed that the Italian's face was gloomy. He simply refused to believe Nugiseks. The communist demanded Nugiseks not to lie to him, but tell him the truth. Nugiseks found out that the communist was the owner of a wine factory, some buildings and other real estate – the kind of person with whom the communists would have settled their accounts as soon as they got the chance.

Nugiseks also recalls his birthday in Merano on October 22 when he turned 23. The nurses of the sanatorium set a table for him, which was load with good food. The incredible Italian wine wasn't missing either. By 10 p.m. the house was supposed to be silent, but the birthday party people ignored it. The sanatorium director sent a duty officer to the third floor to tell them to keep the noise down. The officer was ignored and the party continued. An hour later the director came personally. Nugiseks, who was in a party mood, opened the door and one Wehrmacht captain was literally thrown out of the room. This was enough and three days later Nugiseks was sent away. The promise given at first according to which his vacation would be lengthened one month, was now forgotten.

The war in Germany followed. But this was already a foreign land. We are interested in what happened on Narva front during that fatal summer. We already know that Estonian men had heroic battles here, the names Auvere, Sinimäed Hills, the river Emajõgi and Sõrve Peninsula are known to all. Nevertheless the war carriage rolled to Estonia once again and the Estonian 20th SS Division's path took it away from Estonia. They left in order to return later.