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True Stories of The Finnish War of Independence
(translated from Finnish by Osmo Joronen)
Updated April 20, 2003


Brief historical background
The Swedish and the Russian typewriter
Betty Sewed Them
Devils by the Gravel Pit
Shoot That Rabbit!

January - May 1918
The year 1917 was a turning point for Finland. On June 16, the first congress of Soviets was held in Russia. Lenin declares Bolshevik readiness to rule the country. On July 16, a revolution begins in St. Petersburg. During this time and again in August, Lenin hides just across the border in Finland. Aino Kuparinen, the writer's maternal grandmother was at the house where