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Pilleke Laarmann said:   May 1, 2009 4:09 am PST
I had the brilliant opportunity to know Brigitte after she moved to Estonia in 1989, we have worked together a lot translating Bahai scriptures. Even though I did not became a convinced bahai myself, I learned a lot from her and my understanding of the world is mych wider thanks to this exceptional and wonderful personality.

Gordon Dicks said:   April 22, 2009 2:35 am PST
Dear Laurence and other friends! I have written a short article on Brigitte for the "Bahaikipedia" project ( and would like to add a photo. Can the photos from this site be freely used? (I think I would choose the one with Charles Dunning.)

Juta (Kotkas) Semmel said:   September 22, 2008 1:03 pm PST
Hello--I feel like I "know" Brigitte in my soul and am looking forward to reading her book. I just finished writing a long email on this that I hope you get to read; I poured my soul into it--in short, I am an Estonian-read, write and speak it fluently; my mother escaped the communists also and ended up in a displaced persons camp in Augsburg, Germany where I was born in March of 1945--came to America in 1950 and I live here in Windsor, Ct. have 3 grown sons and 6 grandchildren--became a Baha'i about 1 month ago--wish I had known Brigitte; am sure we would have been friends---you were blessed to have her soul in your lives---would love to hear from you if you have the time, Juta Semmel

Margaret Trotta Tuomi said:   August 10, 2008 6:07 am PST
Brigitta and I were the closest of friends. When she was planning on moving back to Finland in 1984 I was responsible for pioneers in Finland and we became fast friends. She came to our home often and I visited her in Estonia. Brigitta and I went together to the World Congress in 1992 in New York and had a good time. I think that I especially valued Brigitta's honesty and friendship. She was wise, had perspective but she never lost her "human-ness" - by that I mean that she understood people's weaknesses and loved them as they are. Many might not know this but while in Finland Brigitta took a course in clay and pottery. When she came for a visit she brought each one in our family one of her creations - even the small children. I still cherish them. She told me that when she went as the Knight of Baha'u'llah to the Shetland Islands she worked as a midwife. As each child was born she said a prayer for them. When we were in New York for the World Congress she met the first boy she delivered - a tall red head who is now a Bahá'í. She was so happy. She was such a dear friend and I will miss her. Margaret

Bob and Flora Salmon said:   July 5, 2008 1:43 pm PST
We have known Brigitte for over a decade and were inspired by her courageous history as a Knight of Baha'u'llah and as a Baha'i Pioneer. She shared many stories with us and the friends who would come to our home when they knew that Brigitte was visiting. Our lives are enriched by having known her and we will miss her. She is in our prayers.

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