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Biography | 1923-1950

Family, Childhood & WWII

Hasselblatt Family CrestIn 1632 Isaacus Marieastadius Hasselblatt, a Baltic German, came to Estonia from Sweden to study theology at the newly founded university in Tartu

He became a pastor and stayed in Estonia. His son followed his vocation and the tradition still continues – now into the tenth generation – that the eldest son always becomes a pastor.  Thus the Hasselblatt family has contributed fifteen pastors to Estonia over the last 400 years.

Brigitte's father, who was born in Estonia of Swedish-German ancestry, was pastor of St. John’s Church in Reval.

This Hasselblatt family photograph was taken of the children around 1930. Brigitte is seated on the left with her brothers and sisters. Brigitte was born on January 21, 1923 in Reval – now Tallinn – in Estonia. 

Hasselblatt Children - Abt. 1930

Hasselblatt Children - About 1930

This family photograph was taken in 1942 and shows the entire family except for Ruth who died at the age of 8 in 1934. The picture was taken shortly before the family left Estonia. If they had stayed, the Russians would likely have executed them.

Hasselblatt Family - 1942

Hasselblatt Family - 1942

The family left Estonia for Germany and spent World War II in Germany. Most of the boys fought in the German army. Brigitte worked on a farm and as nurse during the war.  This is Brigitte's German/Nazi ID card from the time.

Brigitte’s Nazi ID Document - 1942

Brigitte’s Nazi ID Document - 1942

After World War II, Brigitte found her way to the United Kingdom as part of a refugee program.  There she worked as a nurse, at first, and then learned to be a midwife.

Brigitte’s United Kingdom ID Document - 1947

Brigitte’s United Kingdom ID Document - 1947

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