Ice-Shedding of Ages

Ice-Shedding of Ages

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ISBN-13: 9781449973476
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/04/2010
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

About the Author Kauko Loukas was born in December 1939 in Lapland, i.e. North Finland, just some days after the Winter War broke out between Finland and the former Soviet Union. After the brief war which lasted until March 1940, peace subsisted for a little over a year's length, after which the Continuation War erupted between the same, in June 1941. That lasted until September 1944, and in the war's final days, yet another war started, this time between Finland and Nazi Germany, which was Finland's local ally against the Soviet Union. They held a troop presence in Finland, but were expelled from Finland after a new peace treaty between Finland and the Soviet Union. The German troops began withdrawing towards Germany's military base in northern Norway through Lapland. The war took place in Lapland where Kauko also lived as a child, and subsequently was taken from there to the neighboring Sweden as a refugee, along with tens of thousands of other children. The war ended in April 1945.

After returning to Finland from Sweden, Kauko was forced to live in poor conditions like many other children at that time. He lived with his mother, a teacher, in another village's school which was close to his actual home village. Although his father didn't die in any of the wars, he did die from a stroke a couple of years after the War of Lapland had ended. After growing up a little, Kauko was transferred to newly built Rovaniemi to continue studies there. Later, Kauko left Rovaniemi and after doing military service, he moved to Helsinki, the southern capital. There he participated in higher engineering studies and received a diploma in land surveying. After marrying and having five children, and being carried to different places in southern Finland, he returned in 1979 to Rovaniemi. Shortly after this, he got a vacancy as a teacher in land surveying from the local polytechnic institute. Kauko is retired now and he still has his original wife. They have five children and six grandchildren.

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