The Veil of Life

Maria Kayava


This testimony of Kayava Maria represents the primary historical documentation of the lives of the Finns who lived in the land of Izhora, also known as the historical region of Ingria in the Leningrad region.

In the 1930s, the Finns were forcibly relocated to the Krasnoyarsk territory on the bank of the Yenisei. These people survived the harshest of Siberian conditions through their deep unwavering religious faith.

Maria Kayava replies to the question: “Do you not harden against those who brought you such pain?”  Kayava replies: “The past is behind us. God has delivered me from the hatred.” This answer constitutes the peak of Spirit and Christianity.

358 pages, with photos from author’s archive.