A memorial to the June 1941 Estonian deportees was unveiled in the South Estonian town of Põlva on Sunday, the 79th anniversary of the event.
The work, in bronze, was the creation of sculptor Jaak Soans, ETV current affairs show "Aktuaalne kaamera" reported Sunday night, and depicts three rail cars usually used to hold animals. Most deportees were sent from Estonian rail stations to Siberia in this way. The new memorial represents over 900 people sent in 47 wagons from the region.
Members of the Põlva County branch of the Estonian memorial union (Eesti Memento Liit), defense forces personnel, representatives of the volunteer Defense League's youth wings, the Noored Kotkad and Kodu Tütred, as well as the Defense League (Kaitseliit) itself, together with local residents, congregated in front of Põlva railway station Sunday.
Soans said his creation, which expresses the journey of innocent people into the unknown, preserves the memory of the victims and provides a warning that history of this kind should not be repeated.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein