The Carrousel of Interrogations and Searches

The security was very serious about its work. According to the file, Nugiseks was interrogated 11 times. But there were far more actual interrogations that took place at nighttime. The longest interrogation began at 4 p.m. and ended 3 a.m. – 12 hours. In addition, two searches were made, five other people were interrogated who might have had some explanations about his "crimes". A whole bunch of articles published in 1944 had been gathered and translated into Russian. They made him tell his life story at least ten times. Again and again they wanted to know what happened in Vaasa, under Nevel, in Germany, etc. Nugiseks gave a clear answer: "I was a soldier, I battled, I received awards. Two Iron Crosses, the Knight's Cross and two more medallions."

Then they wanted to know if he had acquaintances in Tallinn and if he did, where they party members or among communist youth. Whom he had met here, in Germany, in Russia while being in the prison camp? How many Red Army soldiers had he killed and how many imprisoned? Nugiseks had never imprisoned Russian soldiers. He didn't know how many he had killed. They were interested in if he had the chance to hand himself over to the Russians. No, Nugiseks considered this to be impossible, because he would have been shot.

The security wanted to know many things from others. And so there were numerous interrogations. First they interrogated Türi forest range quality inspector Adalbert who had known Nugiseks for a month and a half and, like it said in the file, had normal relations with him. Nothing more. Then a housewife Renate Lättekivi from Türi who in the war situation had been in Berlin. Did she see Nugiseks there? No she didn't. The next was Arnold Vei, a policeman from Tallinn and Estonian corps member, Nugiseks's cousin. He also didn't know anything, he was in the corps. But still – Nugiseks had a girlfriend on Kaare Street in Tallinn, called Karin Tammjärv, whom he occasionally visited. Vei had also heard that Nugiseks received the Knight's Cross.

The only kind of successful interrogation was with Voldemar Seenemaa, Türi forest range quality inspector and party candidate. Did he know Nugiseks? Yes. Had he ever spoken to him about politics and the Soviet order? No, he had not done that. He also didn't know about Nugiseks's political views. But he did know some things. He knew that Harald got along well with the forest range's headman Järve. And if it's important, then he was not sure, but he thought that Nugiseks could have been against the Soviet Union and did not have a favorable attitude towards it. Why, he could not say. Did he know any anti-Soviet actions of Nugiseks? No, he didn't.

Then Karin Tammjärv was brought in. Since when did she know Nugiseks? Since they were in school in Paide and lived on the same street and were acquaintances. The girl also saw Nugiseks in Türi hospital in 1944 and then in 1946 when he returned from Russia. What did Nugiseks do during the German time? He was in the army, sent her letters and photos. He never mentioned anything about his service. Did he receive the Knight's Cross? Yes, she knew he received it. What kind of relations did they have? The relations of two young people. They loved each other. What did she know of Nugiseks' actions outside Estonia? She knew nothing. His acquaintances? She didn't know anybody besides his relatives.

The interrogators materials were poor. Even when they searched Nugiseks's apartment, they found nothing. But still – an Omega watch and 130 rubles. Lieutenant Larionov searched Karin's apartment and his findings were a bit bigger: 5 photos of Nugiseks, one newspaper cutout about Nugiseks and two letters from him. One sent on August 2, 1942 and the other on November 23, 1942. But he found nothing interesting from these letters. They continued with interrogations. A Jew interrogator beat Nugiseks face with leather gloves, but he didn't go any further. They still wanted to know things that didn't seem to have any connection with Nugiseks. They were angry because they hadn't found anything.

The Road to Gulag

On July 4 a staged court hearing took place and Harald was found guilty according to paragraph 58 – 1A. Nugiseks' service in the German army was considered to be betraying his homeland with a gun in his hands. Battling against the Red Army was a political murder. Unfortunately there was no one from whom to ask whose homeland it was, which Nugiseks betrayed. And whose homeland was betrayed by those who punished him?

Nevertheless, we must say that Harald was born under a lucky star. Before the hearing he had met his brother Avelinius and the latter had told him that a law had been issued which excludes the death penalty. What is more, in 1947 the 25+5 system was not used yet. Then the regular penalty rate was 10+5. Ten years in a prison camp and five in exile. That's the punishment he got. According to the verdict, Nugiseks' Omega watch with the number 5007326 was confiscated and sent to Moscow to Kuibõshev Street 9 for realization. And believe it or not, but there is a note concerning the medical examination where the verdicts is: goden (in Russian "acceptable"). Nugiseks was acceptable for the Soviet Union's death camps. His second journey to the Gulag began.