The Estonian Institute of Historical Memory is about to enter into a cooperation agreement with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organisation in the United States.

We are planning to exchange experiences and execute various projects with the aim of giving the topic of communist crimes centre stage in history education and in public history debate. Unfortunately, false beliefs and lack of information are still prevalent in this field. Our wish is to highlight facts and commemorate victims with dignity, so that these sad lessons stay in public memory and protect us from future tyranny. We are particularly pleased that this cooperation concerns international museums for the victims of communism that are to be established in Tallinn (to be opened in 2026) and Washington (to be opened on 2022). We are planning on exchanging exhibitions, materials, data, and carrying out shared initiatives.

The Memorial Foundation’s team members visited the European Remembrance Symposium in Tallinn on 26-28 October 2021 at the invitation of the Institute. Pictured are (from left to right): Ken Pope (Director of Academic Programs at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation), Kristina Olney (Director of Government Relations for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation), Sergei Metlev (Board Member of the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory), Toomas Hiio (Research Director of the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory) and Martin Andreller (Board Member of the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory).