Estonian history

Estonia celebrates the independence day

As Estonians around the world are gathering to cheer for their homeland and celebrate the country’s independence day on 24 February, it’s appropriate to recall how the independent country was born, the independence maintained, lost and restored again. A quest for independence Starting with the Northern Crusades, Estonia became a battleground of …

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Tallinn to get a museum of communist crimes

The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory has launched the preparation of an international research centre and museum of crimes of communism in Tallinn, Estonia. The centre and the museum are to be established with the support of the government of Estonia and leading remembrance institutions in Germany, Poland, Latvia and …

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Editorial: Attempts to normalise the Soviet occupation of Estonia are deplorable

When one of the best and oldest schools in Estonia, the Gustav Adolf Grammar School, is attempting to glamorise the Soviet occupation, it’s a cause for major concern. One would expect that on 10 March – the anniversary of the Soviet Air Force’s bombing of Tallinn in 1944 – any …

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Beebi Boomers – the children of fate

Andres Simonson writes about the Beebi Boomers – the children born in the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden and other countries to native Estonian political refugees who fled the Soviet invasion and the illegal occupation of their fatherland.* In the war-torn Estonia of 1944, two families from disparate parts of the country make a …

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The Red Army entering Estonia in October 1939, effectively occupying the country. Today's Russia behaves frighteningly similarly to the Soviet Union in the thirties.

Mart Laar: Hollywood should make a blockbuster about communist crimes

The former Estonian prime minister, Mart Laar, told Estonian World that the world still avoids talking about the crimes of communism and an international smash would draw attention to the issue. “I’m afraid people still don’t dare to talk about the crimes of communism openly and to the full extent. …

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Getting high in the Soviet-occupied Estonia

The Estonian director Terje Toomistu, who recently completed a documentary about the hippie movement in the Soviet Union, writes about the drug culture behind the Iron Curtain. Throughout history, people have searched for ways to induce altered states of consciousness and thus to expand their perception of the world and …

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Estonian documentary about Soviet hippies premieres in Brazil

“Soviet Hippies”, an Estonian documentary directed by Terje Toomistu, made its international premiere at the São Paulo International Film Festival on 24 October. The bare fact that there was a hippie movement in the Soviet Union might come as a surprise for many. But in truth, it lasted longer than …

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A documentary about the Baltic nations’ path to independence premieres in London

“Those Who Dare”, a 52-minute documentary film that traces the Baltic nations’ path to restoring their independence from the Soviet occupation, is to premiere in London. When Mikhail Gorbachev became the leader of the Soviet Union in 1985, his reform policy sparked an independence movement in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. …

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An event to describe 1,000 years of Estonian history in a nutshell

The Estonishing Evenings series returns to Tallinn, this time giving a humorous overview of Estonian history. Organised in partnership with Estonian World, the Estonishing Evenings series is an English-speaking evening hosting different speakers expressing their viewpoints and experiences on hot topics and matters concerning both the locals and non-natives living in Estonia. The first event …

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