Research and Education


The Institute explores the essence of anti-human regimes and the ideologies that they are based on, and history, focussing on the damage the regimes caused in the form of both fatalities and economical and environmental damage but also the influence of anti-human regimes and their leading ideologies on societies that succeeded them and existed in parallel with them. One of the research fields of the Institute is international crimes (genocide incl. Holocaust, crimes against humanity and war crimes) in both the countries where an anti-human regime gained power and occupied countries.

The Institute supports and promotes the research work of young scholars (social scientists, especially in the fields of history, politics and law) in their respective fields by organizing scholarship competitions. The Institute also organizes an annual international research conference.

Conferences, trainings and seminars

The Institute organizes courses and discussions for teachers, youth workers, students, university students and also the broader public, which help young people to obtain a better understanding of the reasons and consequences of social changes that have taken place in the history of the human society and are taking place today; learn the elementary research methods of social sciences and use some of them in the course their studies and everyday life; create future scenarios and visions for a field of social or personal importance; know and respect human rights and democracy, gain knowledge about civic rights and responsibility and the skills and behaviour that complement them; recognize cultural differences; cultivate an interest in the development of their own nation, community and the world; develop an opinion and be an active and responsible citizen.

Information and Learning Tools

The Institute composes and distributes information and study materials and methods that introduce the nature and history of hostile regimes and the damage caused by them.

Kogu Me Lugu
Tunne Oma Ajalugu
Bridging the Baltic


Educational Programmes

We organise educational programmes for young people that deal with the past and present issues in an engaging manner.

Kogu Me Lugu
Rahvusvahelise Kriminaalkohtu Simulatsioon


International Cooperation


We belong to and cooperate with networks that connect public and private institutions and organizations from Europe and beyond


Platform of European Memory and Conscience
European Network Remembrance and Solidarity


Centre for European Studies
European Commission
European Grassroots Antiracist Movement
EUROCLIO – European Association of History Educators
Georg Eckert Institute
Konrad Adenauer Foundation
Kreisau-Initiative Foundation
The Commission of Historians of Latvia
The International Commission for the Evaluation of the Crimes of the Nazi and Soviet Occupation Regimes in Lithuania
Genocide and Resistance Research Centre of Lithuania
Czech Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes
The Institute for the History of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution
The Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation
Historical Archives of the Hungarian State Security
The Institute for the Investigation of Communist Crimes and the Memory of the Romanian Exile
National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives
The Committee for disclosing the documents and announcing affiliation of Bulgarian citizens of the State Security and intelligence services of the Bulgarian National Army
Nation´s Memory Institute of Slovakia
The Study Centre for National Reconciliation of Slovenia
The Federal Foundation for the Reappraisal of the SED Dictatorship
The Federal Agency for Civic Education
Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 1940–1991
The Baltic Initiative and Network
International Tracking Service


Baltic Sea Region

We further cooperation between teachers, historians, public and private organizations and institutions in the Baltic Sea region.

Bridging the Baltic
Different Nations – Shared Experiences


Education Development Center Latvia
Estonian History and Civic Teachers Association
IRTG Baltic Borderlands
Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
Tartu University Centre for Baltic Studies
The Association for Teachers of History and Social Studies in Finland
The Latvian History Teachers’ Association
The Swedish History Teachers’ Association

USA and Canada

We cooperate with organizations and academic institutions in USA and Canada.


Baltic Heritage Network
Black Ribbon Day Foundation
Estonian American National Council
Stanford University Libraries
The Estonian Relief Committee
The Joint Baltic American National Committee
VEMU/Estonian Studies Centre
Williams College

Public Awareness

Communism and Nazism victims’ databases

The Institute manages and develops the database of the Victims of Communism Memorial, which will be erected in Tallinn, and the Nazism victims’ database, and updates them constantly in accordance with research results.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Database can be found here.

The Estonians in the German Concentration Camps Database can be found here.

Remembrance Events

The Institute is a partner to Estonian state authorities in international and national cooperation that deals with investigating the damage caused by anti-human regimes and providing information about them. The Institute takes part in organizing the commemorative events dedicated to the victims of crimes against humanity and the fight against anti-human regimes (Holocaust, March deportation, June deportation, commemorative days of communism and Nazism victims and the Resistance Fighting Day).