The Letters

A yellowed newspaper "Sakala" from July 26, 1944 lies in front of the author of this text. He is reading an article entitled: "Beloved unknown Knight's Cross recipient." Its author, who has remained anonymous, had managed to reach Vanaõue and sit behind the family table. He also had the chance to see the letters sent to Nugiseks. As we can imagine, there were loads of letters. Most of them sent by women all over Estonia, but also from Riga and Germany. Many of them didn't have a proper address, simply "To Knight's Cross recipient Harald Nugiseks" on the addressee's line. But they did reach the right place, because the whole Estonia knew Nugiseks. It can be assumed that a good-looking young man, whose photo in hospital bed was widely spread, did not remain unnoticed to young women. But a lot more is written between the lines. The fact that people were afraid and shivering in front of the Eastern death wind, the future hopes were relying on the men battling on the front.

We too read these sentences and parts from these letters, which without a doubt where the mirrors of the nation's mood at that time.

  • The Women Self-Defence from Tõrva sent a memorial book in leather binding with an inscription: "Estonia lives on."
  • "Live, battle, win!" writes another letter author.
  • A letter with a bouquet bind in blue-black-white in cellophane. Added is the text: "The spirit of Kalevs reflects from your brave deeds." Signed: a young girl from the homeland.
  • "Beloved unknown Knight's Cross recipient," begins one girl from Valga County. Further we find out that she had read about Nugiseks's battle under Vaasa. "This has left a huge gratitude and an undying feeling towards you in my heart."
  • A girl from Märjamaa wrote to Nugiseks that she would also battle on the front, if only she'd be a guy. "But I am merely a weak girl, who loves her homeland as strongly as you do."
  • "You are so brave and nice that my eyes were unwillingly in tears when I read about you…" writes another girl from Tallinn.

And it goes on and on. The people loved the men from the front. They were trusted, they were expected to protect the homeland and they were sincerely loved. It was nice to personify these feelings.