Fall has arrived to Tallinn. A 92 year old Russian lady, who lives near Sitsi tram stop, sits on her hospital bed and wants to know what’s the weather like outside. Hospital windows are covered with construction film as new windows are installed with EU aid money. The 92-year old used to serve in Soviet militia in Tallinn Kalinin district, where she was appointed from Russia in 1950s. She speaks not a word of Estonian, but promises to pray for me. Kuldrenet apples are ripe, at homes parents are making fresh apple juice for their children. Kids in school uniforms are rushing to schools in mornings. Rain is colder and colder every day, sea wind is not nice and breezy any more.
karin kaup Tallinn snapshots
Saturday, 28 September 2013
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
In the summer of 1940 the Soviet Union occupied Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania as a result of the infamous Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact signed between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union on 23 August 1939. In the aftermath of World War II, Estonia lost approximately 17.5% of its population.
The Soviet occupation brought about an event that until then had only been read about in history books and which became the most horrible memory of the past centuries — mass deportations, which affected people of all nationalities living in Estonia. The two deportations that affected Estonia the most deeply, on 14 June 1941 and 25 March 1949, are observed as days of mourning. The largest of these deportations took place on 25 March 1949 when more than 20.000 people, mostly women and children, were deported from Estonia.
Pic: 25 March on Tallinn Liberty Square where 15.000 candles were lit in the honour of those deported.