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*"Crossing the Pond"*
BY SHARON OJANPA MACKEY
Finnish Heritage Museum President, Lasse Hiltunen, presented an attention-grabbing program at the monthly meeting of the Museum on Monday, October 10, 2016. The program was called “Crossing the Pond,” and took all in attendance on a journey from Finland to the United States.
The year 1949 was a turbulent time in Finland. The country was still recovering from the Winter War, which had taken place in 1939-1940; the Continuation War, 1942-1944; and the Lapland War, 1944-1945. At the end of all this fighting, the country had to cede 10% of its land to the Soviet Union, which increased the constant fear of this super power.
America looked like a safe place to live and maybe even prosper. As a result, there was a mass migration to the U.S. of Finns, Estonians, Lithuanians, and Latvians which took place from 1945 to 1960. Most of these people were trying to avoid the “Iron Fist” of the Soviet Union. Click Here for the full story.