The Veil of Life

Maria Kayava


The Veil of Life is a firsthand historical account of the lives of the Finns of Izhora, also known as Ingria, in the Leningrad region. In the 1930s, the Finns were forcibly relocated to the Krasnoyarsk territory on the bank of the Yenisei. They survived the harshest of Siberian conditions through their unwavering religious faith.

When asked 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 spirituality and Christianity.

358 pages, with photos from the author’s archive.

Only a few copies remain.