Ilus Eesti, beautiful Estonia. My family's homeland. Estonia's countryside and people have an endearing gentleness about them which you fall in love with slowly and imperceptibly. I have nothing but respect and admiration for Estonians' courage and determination to survive despite centuries of repression, tyranny and foreign occupation. This blog showcases all the things I love about Estonia and seeks to enlighten readers about everything this unique country has to offer.
Saturday, 12 March 2016
Documentary: The Story of the Baltic University to Screen in Tallinn on 14th March 2016
If you are in Tallinn on Monday then here's an event not to be missed. Documentary filmmaker Helga Merits will be screening her new film The Story of the Baltic University at the Museum of Occupations in Tallinn. The documentary tells the story of how 170 Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian academics built the Baltic University under very difficult conditions in a German displaced persons camp after WWII. 14th March 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Baltic University in Hamburg. Despite the difficulties and challenges faced by the refugees in Germany after the war, the Baltic University managed to operate for three and a half years, giving many young Baltic people the opportunity to pursue their academic careers.
My Estonian grandfather Alexander was an economics student at the Baltic University and last year Helga very kindly allowed me to view an advance screening of the film. For anyone interested in Estonian history and the plight of refugees after the war, this film will provide some insight.
Entry is free. To attend the screening you need to register here. The film and discussion afterwards will be in English.
Date: 14th March 2016. Time: 5pm.
Location: Museum of Occupations, Toompea 8, Tallinn.
Contact details: +372 680 5500 or firstname.lastname@example.org