Estonian history

Estonia celebrates Victory Day

Victory Day, celebrated annually on 23 June, marks the anniversary of a crucial military victory against foreign forces in 1919; the Midsummer Eve celebration on the same night will see thousands of bonfires lighting up the sky across Estonia. Victory Day (Võidupüha) marks the decisive battle during the Estonian War …

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PICTURES: What would you do with a giant Soviet-era ‘mothership’ in the middle of Tallinn?

At 4 pm on 20 July 1980, the Olympic flame was lit and the Olympic anthem was played in the Estonian capital – Tallinn became a host city of the Moscow Olympic Games’ sailing programme. In preparation of the international sporting event, a number of huge construction projects were undertaken …

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Fifty-five years of advocating on Baltic issues in the US celebrated

The Joint Baltic American National Committee looks back at 55 years of advocating on Baltic issues in the United States. The Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc, came together 55 years ago on 27 April 1961, documented by the decision and signatures of the heads of the leading national Baltic …

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Remembering the once vibrant Jewish community of Estonia

On the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, the victims of Nazi atrocities are also remembered in Estonia. We look back at the history of the once vibrant Jewish community in Estonia. Prior to the WWII, Estonia had a small but flourishing …

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