Helene (Leen) Kullman 1920Est - 1978?Ger
Leen (Helene) Kullman was a young Estonian lady, who during the WWII was a student in Leningrad naval intelligence school, and was sent as a parachutist back to Estonia on Sept 14, 1942. She landed in the woods of Alatskivi and went to live with her sister Olga, to sister's farm in Võrumaa. From there she sent radiograms to Leningrad for about three and a half months, until she was captured by German intelligende on Jan 2, 1943. Leen told them what she was and what she had been doing, and since she was an honest young lady and willing to co-operate, the Germans let her live and used her in a radio-game against Russian intelligence. They organised for her a fake escape and shoot-down, in result of which she supposedly died on March 6, 1943. In fact Leen was very much alive, and she was given a new name and identity and sent to live in Germany. But the Soviets bought the German disinformation and Leen Kullman was posthumously made a hero of Soviet Union on May 8, 1965.
At the same time her sister Veera Uibo received in her mailbox an anonymous letter, which was written in capital letters and said, "Leen lives with the man who saved her life, and has two children. I'm not allowed to say any more." Mr Arvi Järvekülg remembers hearing a short notice on Radio Freedom München about a woman called Helene, known as Leen Kullman in her native country, who died in a German town at the age of 58. It must have been year 1978 then, since Leen was born on Jan 31, 1920. Unfortunately Mr Järvekülg can't remember her new surname and the town in which she used to live. In the end of 1970-ies there was talk in Estonia about Leen living in Germany and being happily married, but she never contacted her mother and sisters, and so nobody really knows whether it's true or not. One of her sisters, Regina Murdvee-Uuk, still lives at Haage, near Tartu, and is now 73 years old. She'd like to hear about her sister's fate and of Leen's children, if she really had any. So if anybody knows anything about a woman called Helene who had any connections with Estonia, please let me know!
(The material is taken from Estonian newspaper Postimees, Feb 8, 2000.)