Thirty members and friends of the Estonian Society of Central Florida (Kesk Florida Eesti Selts) commemorated the 70th Anniversary of the Baltic Exodus at 2:00 pm, on Sunday, November 16, 2014, in the Sand Room at the Magnuson Hotel-Marina Cove, 6800 Sunshine Skyway Lane, St Petersburg, FL 33711. Ms. Elin Toona Gottschalk, author of Into Exile: A Life Story of War and Peace, was the invited speaker. Mr. Al Karnavicius, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania, offered greetings on behalf of the Lithuanian community.
Listed by The Economist magazine as one of the best books of 2013, Into Exile is the story of thousands of Baltic refugees who were lucky enough to escape the advancing Russian tanks in September 1944. “It is about what happens when the Russians come into free countries under the guise of ‘liberators.'”-Author