June 14 marks the 82nd anniversary of the June 1941 deportation of Estonians by the occupying Soviet regime. Over 10,000 people, including children, were violently deported primarily to Siberia. The deportation aimed to eliminate moral, physical, and legal resistance, with many people executed the following year.
On the Day of Mourning at 4 pm, a memorial ceremony and concert will take place at the Maarjamäe Memorial for the Victims of Communism (Pirita tee 78, Tallinn).
15.15 – 15.50 – individual victims’ names will be unveiled at the Memorial for the Victims of Communism. Board member of the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory, Martin Andreller, and Piret Aidulo, whose grandmother Salme Vanakesa’s name will be added to the memorial wall among many others, will hold speeches.
16.00 – 17.00 Commemoration ceremony
17.00 – 17.45 Concert by Tintura
A thematic installation by the Estonian Institute of Human Rights will be open in Freedom Square (Vabaduse väljak) on June 14.
At 7 pm, a concert titled “Along the Milky Way” will take place in Tallinn’s St. John’s Church. The Eesti Sinfonietta Soloists will perform pieces of Arvo Pärt, Galina Grigorjeva, Tõnu Kõrvits and Henryk Mikołaj Górecki. Entrance is free of charge.
Various commemoration events will take place across the country, further information here.
Those who wish to check the data of relatives or submit new information can do so in the e-memorial managed by the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory.