Flight to freedom

BDN readers take part in library forum

By Dawn Gagnon on Jan. 13, 2011, at 10:12 p.m.
BANGOR | Nearly 80 readers of a seven-part series published in the Bangor Daily News recounting Philomena Baker’s escape from Russia during World War II gathered at the Bangor Public Library on Thursday evening for a chance to hear more about Baker’s childhood ordeal. Another 250 listened and watched …
Philomena Baker

Baker to discuss ‘Flight to Freedom’ odyssey at Bangor library, online

Bangor Daily News on Jan. 07, 2011, at 5:05 p.m.
Philomena Baker, who recently enthralled Mainers with the story of her flight from Russia with her mother during World War II, will be available to discuss and answer questions about her odyssey 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, in the third floor Lecture Hall at the Bangor Public …
Philomena Baker demonstrates how to frame a photo for U.S. servicemen and their dependents on a field trip in Germany in the 1950s.

From Germany’s ruins to Fort Kent, Maine

By Kathryn Olmstead, Special to the BDN on Dec. 31, 2010, at 11:57 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This is the final article in a series based on interviews with Philomena Baker, 76, a Bangor area portrait photographer and Reiki master, about her flight from Russia with her mother during World War II and their long journey, mostly on foot, into the American-occupied sector of Germany …
Philomena Baker, 76, has a trove of family photos, some of which she and her mother and carefully hid in transit as they fled Russia with other family members in 1944.

An unlikely reunion in occupied Germany

By Kathryn Olmstead, Special to the BDN on Dec. 30, 2010, at 9:33 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This is the sixth in a series of articles based on interviews with Philomena Baker, 76, a Bangor area portrait photographer and Reiki master, about her flight from Russia with her mother during World War II and their long journey, mostly on foot, into the American-occupied sector of …

As travel options dwindle, mother and daughter continue on foot

By Kathryn Olmstead, Special to the BDN on Dec. 29, 2010, at 9:41 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This is the fifth in a series of articles based on interviews with Philomena Baker, 76, a Bangor area portrait photographer and Reiki master, about her flight from Russia with her mother during World War II and their long journey, mostly on foot, into the American-occupied sector of …
Philomene Keller and her two brothers that she never saw again after they parted in Odessa, where they had this photograph made when they met by chance.

Families spend winter in German-occupied Poland

By Kathryn Olmstead, Special to the BDN on Dec. 28, 2010, at 8:57 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This is the fourth in a series of articles based on interviews with Philomena Baker, 76, a Bangor-area portrait photographer and Reiki master, about her flight from Russia with her mother during World War II and their long journey, mostly on foot, into the American-occupied sector of Germany …
Philomene Keller (left) and her daughter Philomena are seen in a photo from around 1938.

Train ride to Poland one step closer to escape

By Kathryn Olmstead, Special to the BDN on Dec. 27, 2010, at 9:28 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles based on interviews with Philomena Baker, 76, a Bangor area portrait photographer and Reiki master, about her flight from Russia with her mother during World War II and their long journey, mostly on foot, into the American-occupied sector of …
Philomena's mother on the porch of the villa outside Odessa provided for her by the German Army.

Two families prepare to escape Russia

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 26, 2010, at 7:12 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles based on interviews with Philomena Baker, 76, a Bangor area portrait photographer and Reiki master, about her flight from Russia with her mother during World War II and their long journey, mostly on foot, into the American-occupied sector of …
Philomena Baker, 75 looks over family photos, some of which she and her mother and carefully hid in transit as they fled Russia with other family members in 1944. At that time, the Soviets stepped up their efforts to repel Germans, including Philomena and her family,  from territories the German government had claimed earlier in the war.

Flight to freedom: War through the eyes of a child

By Kathryn Olmstead on Dec. 24, 2010, at 12:09 p.m.
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles based on interviews with Philomena Baker, 76, a Bangor-area portrait photographer and Reiki master, about her flight from Russia with her mother during World War II and their long journey, mostly on foot, into the American-occupied sector of Germany …
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