Soodla, Johannes, Papers

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

Descriptive summary

Dates: 1915-1979
Abstract: Major General. Personal data, correspondence, diplomas, certificates, newspaper clippings, articles, obituary
Quantity: 5 ln in
Language: Estonian, Russian, German, Latvian, French
Collection ID: IHRC3658


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.


14.01.1897 - 26.05.1965 Goslar, Germany Born in Kudina, Tartumaa, Estonia. Wife: Anna-Marie Soodla (nee Kuusik 1899-1937, married in 1922, Tartu); wife: Irene-Erika Soodla (nee Heimberg 1904, married in 1939, Paris, France). Participated in the Estonian War of Independence, received awards (Vabadusrist II/2, II/3, Kotkaristid, Karutapja). Studied at the University of Tartu, faculty of law. Graduated Estonian Military Academy in 1927. Studied at Military Academy of France 1939. Chief of Estonian Military Academy 1939-1940. 1946-1947 in prison camp in British zone (Germany), 1951-1959 lived in Trieste (Italy), from 1959 moved to the USA and returned to Germany couple of years later


Collections is organized into six folders: 1. Personal documents: Personal certificates, professional certificates, certificates of awards, diplomas 2. Professional documents: Professional attestations (1920-1938), official career documents (teenistuskirjad 1919-1940), three official notices 1939 3. Correspondence with colonel-lieutenant A. Luts (also a notice from A. Luts to E. Luebik 1979), transcriptions to A. Rebane and Puusepp 1953-1956 4. A: Description about abolishing Estonian Army, 1940-1941 (by J. Soodla, copy from typewriting, 75 p) B: Interview with J. Soodla (?) sent by J. Äro (undated, unsigned, copy from typewriting, 12 p) 5. Newspaper clippings and copies from articles about J. Soodla 1944-1965 6. Newspaper clippings about Irene Soodla 1947-1970


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The Soodla, Johannes Papers, Estonian American Collection, Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota