Estonia lost one of every five persons from its population of slightly over one million as a consequence of the occupying regime’s terror policy.
Today the vast majority of them rest in unnamed graves without crosses. May this memorial be the site for commemorating them!
The Estonian people and the Estonian state have established this memorial in 2018 in memory of Estonia’s victims of communism.
You can peruse information in the Memorial’s database on individuals who have suffered under the communist terror via the search window and you will find instructions for how to find the names of victims on the name plaques.
23 August is the European Day of Remembrance for the victims of totalitarian regimes. On this day in the centenary year of the Republic of Estonia, the Estonian people will open a memorial at Maarjamäe in Tallinn, which will become the memorial site for the victims of communism. This site will be a permanent reminder of the fragility of freedom and human life, and will appeal to the Estonian people of today and tomorrow to keep their home – free Estonia.
11.00 - 12.00 Gathering
12.05 - 13.10 Inauguration of the memorial, speeches and laying of wreaths
Speeches by the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Honorary Chairman of the Estonian Memento Association Leo Õispuu, Member of the Board of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience Göran Lindblad, Estonian Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu, and a representative of the Estonian Defence Forces.
18.00 - 22.00 Memorial soundspace
Sounds create an atmosphere that supports walking around the memorial landscape, spending time with the names, texts and with one's own thoughts.