Kasak, Elias, Papers

Finding Aid



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

Descriptive summary

Dates: [1940-1980]
Abstract: Kasak was a colonel in the Estonian army and later a lawyer, collection includes materials pertaining to life in post-WWII Germany, "intelligence services re: Esto R.R. system," personal correspondence and biography
Quantity: 5 lin.in.
Language: Estonian, German, English
Collection ID: IHRC606


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, NJ), the National Archives of Estonia (NAE), and the IHRC in March 2009. Gristel Ramler and Birgit Nurme of the National Archives in Tallin, Estonia, worked with IHRC staff on the project.


1895-17.03.1985 Chicago, USA Born in Ilmjärve, Tartumaa, Estonia. Fled to Finland in 1941 and was sent back to Estonia where the German occupation forces arrested and imprisoned him. He was released in 1944, emigrated to Germany and in 1950 to the USA. Wife: Anna Kasak (Hansen, married in 1926). He received degrees from the Teachers College in Tartu in 1916 and the Alexey Military Academy in Moscow in 1917. As a young officer in the Russian Imperial Army he fought in the WWI. He returned to Estonia in 1918, entered in the newly organized Estonian army and fought in the Estonian War of Independence. After the war he remained in the army. He graduated from the Tondi Military Academy in Tallinn 1926, was promoted to the rank of major in 1928 and of colonel in 1934. In 1934 he accepted a leading position in the Ministry of Transportation where he worked until June 1928, 1940 when the Soviet Union occupied Estonia


Collection is organized into six folders: 1. Biographical documents: Biography, scheme and notes for memoirs (manuscripts). 2. Correspondence with Juhan Madise (1958-1968) 3. Memoirs, seventh part (printout) 4. Interrogation record (translation to Estonian) of the State Police of Finland 1941 and letter from J. Remmelgas to EAU (29.03.1980) 5. Report by E. Kasak "The Strategic Location of Estonia with Regard to Expansionist Trends of Soviet Union [1940] (in Estonian), 8 sheets 6. Intelligence reports about Estonia (includes maps) by E. Kasak [1940-1949?]


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The Kasak, Elias Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota


Collection in the Hoover Institute Library and Archives (Kasak, Elias, 1895-1985.[ID: CSUZ89013-A] 1 item (vi + 946 p.) 1 ms. Box