Victims of communism memorial erected during Estonia 100 Grand Celebration WeekPublished: 23.08.2018

A monument to the victims of communism will be unveiled at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 23 as part of the Estonia 100 summer celebration programme. The memorial consists of two parts, one entitled “The Journey”, the other “Home Garden”.

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“In this centenary year, a memorial will be unveiled at Maarjamäe in Tallinn and it will hopefully become a place where the people of Estonia will come to reflect on our history and memorialise our loved ones who suffered oppression,” said Estonia 100 Major Events Head Margus Kasterpalu from the State Chancellery. “Beginning at 6 p.m., visitors to the memorial site will hear an audio installation which serves to augment the message conveyed by the landscape architecture, creating a unique atmosphere during opening day,” added Kasterpalu.

The memorial consists of two parts, one entitled “The Journey”, the other “Home Garden”. A plaque mounted on “The Journey” has the names of more than 22 000 victims engraved on it. The interior “Home Garden” area with its planted apple orchard and bee sculptures symbolises dreams, memories and homesickness.

The inauguration of the memorial is scheduled for August 23, the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes. The inauguration and blessing begins at 12 p.m. There will be speeches by the President of the Republic of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu, Honorary Chairman of the Estonian Memento Association Leo Õispuu and Member of the Board of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience Göran Lindblad. There is an area of the memorial specifically for the generals of Estonia’s War of Independence and Estonian officers who fell victim to communist terror. A wreath will be lain there by the Commander of Estonian Defence Forces General Riho Terras. 

All people of Estonia are welcome to come view the memorial beginning 6 p.m.

The design for the section of the memorial entitled “Teekond” was chosen from a group if 12 designs. The authors of this work are Kalle Vellevoog, Jaan Tiidemann, Tiiu Truus, Martin Prommik and Lidia Zarudnaja from JVR Architects and Interiors. 

Additional information about the memorial and the inauguration is available at  

A photo gallery from the inauguration of the memorial can be found at:

A selection of events on Day 7 of the Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week:

•    1 p.m. - ceremonial unveiling of joint art project “Freedom in the 21st Century” by 21 contemporary Estonian artists with President Kersti Kaljulaid present. Within the span of one year, 21 pieces about freedom have been created by artists Raul Meel, Marko Mäetamm, Priit Pärn, Kiwa, Laurentsius, Navitrolla, Jüri Arrak, Leonhard Lapin, Hardi Volmer, Peeter Allik, Jaan Toomik, Maarit Murka and others.
•    6 p.m. - opening of art exhibition “Konrad Mägi” with over 40 paintings from various stages of Mägi’s career. Exhibition remains open until March 2019
•    7 p.m. - RMK group hike bonfire night with actor Robert Annus who will speak about the secrets hidden in the Kõrvemaa landscape from before and after the Soviet occupation.
•    7 p.m. - RMK group hike bonfire night where the daughter of the lord of the Porkuni Manor will be resurrected through the artistic interpretations of actor Anne Veesaar and guitarist Andre Maaker. Everyone is welcome.
    7 p.m. - beginning of workshop for the "Tuleraamat" art initiative and collaborative project at the Museum of New Art in Pärnu. “Tuleraamat” will travel all across Estonia during the Estonia 100 summer celebratory week.
•    7 p.m. - concert by Curly Strings in Varbuse, Põlva County
•    7 p.m. - concert “Nocturnal. Dowland and Shakespeare” by Corelli Music at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Tallinn. Performances by Ivo Posti (counter-tenor) and Kristo Käo (guitar).
•    8 p.m. - Police and Border Guard Orchestra concert “Mööda piiri” (“Along the Border”) at the Lilli border checkpoint. The orchestra and well-known artist take the stage to perform patriotic pieces.
•    9 p.m. - Tour d’ÖÖ group bike ride in Võru. During the Estonia 100 week of festivities, Tour d’ÖÖ is commemorating Estonia’s 100th birthday with a tour of tours, travelling through 11 cities.
•    10 p.m. - RMK group hike’s open evening of storytelling. “Hundipalu Tiit – One Tough Kõrvemaa Man”. Hundipalu Tiit emerges before us through actor Markus Luik. Music by Indrek Kruusimaa.

During the country’s centenary, the anniversary of the restoration of Estonian independence is celebrated with a festive summer week which brings together Estonians and their friends at major events. The Estonia 100 week of summer celebrations kicked off on August 17 with the first Estonian Poetry Festival in Rakvere and will come to a close August 25 with the Night of Ancient Bonfires all across Estonia. All of the more than 200 Grand Celebration Week events can be found at

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