Soviet Occupation

PHOTOS: The museum of occupations presents Estonian history at Stanford University

The Estonian museum of occupations from 2-6 June presented the country’s history at Stanford University in California with a traveling exhibition, titled “Masters of Our Own Homes: Estonia at 100”. The exhibition was organised as part of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies conference at Stanford. According to …

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Novelist: Estonians don’t like Russians because the Soviet occupation denied them choices

Andrey Ivanov, an ethnic Russian Estonian novelist, says in a new and well-regarded novel, “A Handful of Dust,” that the reason for Estonians not liking Russians is that Russians, as part of the Soviet occupation, denied Estonians their right to make choices. In the novel, the Russian protagonist returns to …

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Life in Estonia at the outset of the Second World War and the occupation

An eyewitness account of life in Estonia at the beginning of 50 years of Soviet occupation in June 1940 – Estonia’s darkest hour. When World War Two broke out in September 1939, no-one could have imagined the horrific consequences it would have for Estonia and its people. At the start of …

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