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Herman Heinlaid

Birthplace: Ratla küla, Leisi Parish, Saaremaa, Estonia
Death: Died in Pärnu, Pärnu County, Estonia
Cause of death: Heart failure after blood infection
Place of Burial: Leisi Parish, Saaremaa, Estonia
Immediate Family:

Son of Juhan Heinlaid and Viiu Heinlaid
Husband of <private> Palmblad
Father of Len Ove Heinlaid and Private User
Brother of Elmiire / Helmi Sepp; Miina Heinlaid; Eduard Heinlaid; Alide Rattur and Albert August Heinlaid

Occupation: Doctor
Managed by: Len Ove Heinlaid
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About Herman Heinlaid

I do not know much about Herman (or Hermann in Estonian) other than that he grew up in Ratla among his brothers and sisters. He was the youngest of the brothers. I would like to know more about his two brothers though. My father went to school in Ratla and when we visited Ratla for the first time around 1993-94. He showed us where he went to school. It was an amazing feeling to slowly trying to find the Herman’s birthplace and to suddenly seeing a sign saying “Heinlaid”. We went in and looked around the house. It looked as it was empty, but suddenly the door opened and Alma Heinlaid (I think) came out. We looked in a photo album and some hour later Heinart (I think) showed up with their tractor. My father seemed very surprised because he thought that his only living relatives were Alide Rattur (died in 1994 and lived under hard conditions in Tallinn) and Aino Hiiuväin (living in Kuressaare). It would be interesting to know how and when his brothers died. I saw that Eduard died in 1941. My father said that he lived in Kuressaare for a while and showed us the spot where the house had been. Later I think he went to Tallinn and worked with something in the medical branch. My father served with the Germans before he manage to escape to Sweden the 20th Oct 44. I will put the text from Riigi arhiiv in Estonian. He said that he went for NCO training in Klooga and that he served as a medic. The Riigi arhiiv text said that he served at a hospital train. In the beginning and his salary went to her mother’s bank account but later to Erika PIHLAKAS who lived in Tallinn, Kungla 30- 3. I wonder if it was a girlfriend of Herman? I tried to search her on the internet, but I failed. The 20 October 1944, he and some friends managed to get a boat from Vilsandi, Saaremaa to Sweden. They ended up at Gotska Sandön first, later to Gotland and then to the Swedish mainland, where he work in the forest. He studied medicine and later became a medical doctor. He married Marie-Louise (Lolou) Palmblad and they got two children, Len and John. He later worked as head of research at a pharmaceutical company UCB. After that he helped my mother to run a company called BPG Industries. Later they got divorced and he moved back to Estonia. He thought Saaremaa was too lonely during the winters, so he moved to Pärnu instead. When Herman died, my brother John and I took him back to Saaremaa and buried him at Karja cemetary after a ceremony in an ice-cold Karja kirik. Afterwards we had a burial lunch at Rauni Baar in Tagavere.

Below the text from the military archive in Estonian language:

Eesti Julgeolekupolitsei ja SD Tallinnas arhiivifondi andmetel paigutati 01.09.1943 Tallinna Tööja Kasvatuslaagrisse Hermann HEINLAID (sünd: 23.04.1920, elukoht Tallinn, Tatari 39 -15).Ta toodi sinna Ida-Ala Varukomandost. Hermann HEINLAID vabastati 11.09.1943 Tallinna Töö-ja Kasvatuslaagrist ning saadeti Relva- SS korraldusse.

Alus: ERA.R-64.1.101 leht 111; R- 64.1.106 leht 246

Arhiivifondi Relva- SS- Hooldusohvitser Eestis andmetel teenis allohvitser Hermann HEINLAID (sünd: 23.04.1920) alates 11.09.1943 Saksa sõjaväes. Tasu tema Saksa sõjaväes teenimise eest maksti kuni 30.11.1943 Viio HEINLAIDile Pärsamaa valda Rätla külla.

Alus: ERA.R- 165.1.105

Sama arhiivifondi andmetel teenis Hermann HEINLAID (sünd: 23.04.1920) alates 11.09.1943 allohvitserina Eesti SS- Leegioni 1 Varupataljonis. Tasu tema Saksa sõjaväes teenimise eest arvestati talle kuni 1944. aasta augustini ning kanti Tallinna Riigipanka Erika PIHLAKASe (elukoht Tallinn, Kungla 30- 3) pangakontole.

Alus: ERA.R-165.1.183

Eesti SS- Leegioni arhiivifondi andmetel teenis allohvitser Hermann HEINLAID (sünd: 23.04. 1920) 33 SS- Relvagrenaderide Väljaõppe ja Varupataljonis ning ta määrati alates 08.02.1944 20 Eesti SS- Vabatahtlike Diviisi teenistusse. 21.05.1944 määrati ta 20 SS- Relvagrenaderide Väljaõppe Rügemendi teenistusse ning 23.05.1944 saadeti ta eelnimetatud rügemendi 1 kompanii teenistusse. Ajavahemikul 29.06.1944 kuni 02.07.1944 osales allohvitser Hermann HEINLAID õppekursustel Sanitaarrongil.

Alus: ERA.R-67.1.2 leht 35p, 36, 71; R-67.1. 4 leht 60, R- 67.1.5. leht 18

Below, my translation in to English language;

Tallinn, the Estonian Security Police and SD archival fund data: Heinlaid Hermann, residing in Tallinn, Tatari 39 -15, was placed in the “labor & training camp” from 1 sept 1943. He was brought from the East Area replacement unit. Hermann Heinlaid was released from the “labor & training camp” on 11th sept 1943 and was sent to the Waffen- SS organization.

Based ERA.R - 64.1.101 page 111, R- 246 64.1.106 page

From Waffen- SS Archive: Hermann Heinlaid served as Maintenance Officer in the German army from 11 sept 1943. The pay for serving in the German army was paid up to 30 Nov 1943 to his mother Viio Heinlaid from Pärsamaa vald, Ratla village.

Based ERA.R - 165.1.105

According to the archives from the Estonian SS Legion, Heinlaid Hermann served from 11th sept 1943 as a non-commissioned officer in the reserve battalion. He was paid by German army until August 1944. The salary was put into the account of Erika Pihlakas (residing in Tallinn, Kungla 30-3) to the National Bank.

Based ERA.R - 165.1.183

Estonian SS Legion Archives, Hermann Heinlaid served as non-commissioned officer in the 33 SS – Waffen grenadiers Reserve and Training Battalion, and was appointed with effect from 8th Feb1944 to the 20th Estonian SS Volunteer Division service. 21st May1944 he was assigned to the SS - 20 Waffen grenadiers Training regimental service, the 23rd May 1944 he was sent to the above-mentioned first company in the regiment service. During the period from 29th Jun1944 to 2 Jul 1944, Hermann Heinlaid attended the NCO hospital train learning course.

Based ERA.R - page 67.1.2 35p, 36, 71, R- 67.1. 4 page 60, the R - 67.1.5. Page 18

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April 23, 1920
Leisi Parish, Saaremaa, Estonia