Carried by a Magic Fan

Memoir of an Estonian Refugee Family

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About the Book

Set against the backdrop of World War II and accented by the birth, demise and rebirth of a nation, this memoir chronicles a Baltic refugee family’s escape from Estonia to the United States. Spanning nine decades and three continents, and incorporating an essay by his mother, his parents’ letters, and conversations with his father, Jaak Treiman describes his family’s journey and life afterward as they sought the American dream. Even as they settled into their new lives, they kept memories of their homeland alive by engaging in coordinated political activities that contributed to the break-up of the Soviet Union, including strategizing with dissidents behind the Iron Curtain, engaging in court battles, and attending meetings with American presidents.

About the Author(s)

In addition to being Estonia’s longest serving Honorary Consul Jaak Treiman is a member of the Los Angeles Consular Corps’ Executive Committee and past Board Chair of the U.S.-Baltic Foundation. While practicing law in Los Angeles, Treiman has also worked with nonprofit organizations in Somaliland and Afghanistan.

Bibliographic Details

Jaak Treiman
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 90 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9150-3
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4981-8
Imprint: McFarland