Johari, Arvo, Papers

Finding Aid



Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

Descriptive summary

Creator: Ernst Luebik (Lübek); Arvo Johari
Dates: 1944-1996
Abstract: Military officer and his memories, correspondence and newspaper clippings
Quantity: 5 linear in.
Collection ID: IHRC3543


Collection transferred to the IHRC from the Estonian Archives in the U.S.A. (EAU) in 2003-2005. It was processed as part of a collaborative project between the Estonian Archives in the USA (Lakewood, New Jersey), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2011. Gerli Raadik and Peeter Väljas of the National Archives in Tallinn, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


Arvo Johari was born in Võru, Estonia on 03.05.1909 and died in Olofströmi, Sweden on 08.10.1996. He studied in Tõrva and Võru elementary schools, Võru Teachers Seminary, College of Tallinn and in the Military School of Estonia in Tallinn. He was a second lieutenant in Estonian Defense Forces. He took part in WW II with Finnish Army and with German military forces. In 1944, Johari fled to Germany where he worked as teacher in Oberkassel Elementary School and Gymnasium, in Graven elementary School, also he was a leader of the ethnic group in camp Münster, leader of the Christian Association of the Young Men in Graven and in Münster, was a member of several committees of the refugee camps, took part in British Occupation Region of the Estonian Central Committee in Great Britain's occupation zone. He emigrated to Sweden where he worked in companies Svenskt Stal AB and Volvo. In Sweden he was participating in EELC South-Sweden Congregation and Olofström Congregation (board member, secretary, treasurer aid). Arvo Johari was married to Nora Johari.



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The Johari, Arvo Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


Realated to the document in National Archives of Estonia (ERA.4996.1.120)

Detailed Description of the Collection

BOX 1. Arvo Johari

FOLDER 1. Memoirs of A. Johari and E. Luebik (Lübek) 1944-1978
Memoirs about the beginning of Russian occupation and liquidation of Estonian military units ("Omakaitse Võrumaa Maleva tegevus Kaitseliidu likvideerimisest 1940.a suvel kuni 1. jaan. 1942.a."; "Leitnant Arvo Johari mälestusi Võrumaa Omakaitse ja kolonel Kivi nimelise rügemendi lõpupäevadest"; "Võru Omakaitse meeskonna kokkupuude N.Vene terroristidega Võrumaal"; "Mõningaid mälestuskilde N. Vene okupatsiooni ajast...." ).
FOLDER 2. Memoirs of A. Johari
Memoirs about activities of county Võru Home Guard from 1.january 1942 until the occupation in 1944 ("Võrumaa Omakaitse tegevus 1. jaanuarist 1942 kuni saatuslikkude suve- ja sügiskuudeni 1944").
FOLDER 3. Memoirs of A. Johari
Memoirs about the 7th Infantry Regiment ("Mälestusi 7. Jalaväerügemendi kahest kodust. Taara kasarmud ja Lõuna laager")
FOLDER 4. Correspondence between A. Johari and the head of the Estonian Archives in USA E. Luebik (Lübek) 1952-1983
FOLDER 5. Newspaper clippings 1980-1996