Riigikogu speaker: Maarjamäe Memorial shoud be restored with new meaning

Obelisk at the Maarjamäe memorial.
Obelisk at the Maarjamäe memorial. Source: Urmet Kook/ERR

Speaker of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas (EKRE) finds that the older part of the Maarjamäe Memorial in Tallinn should be restored, but not in its original form carried by Soviet ideals, but rather in a new meaning, one symbolizing freedom.

Põlluaas wrote in daily Postimees (link in Estonian) in an opinion piece in daily newspaper Postimees that: "the memorial could be restored easily and be transformed into a memorial of freedom."

Giving objects new meanings is nothing new in history according to Põlluaas. In his opinion, it would rather emphasize victories rather than losses.

According to Põlluaas, by establishing a memorial to the victims of communism in Maarjamäe, Estonia now has a place to commemorate the victims of Stalinist repression, but no place to remember and celebrate national independence, freedom, the singing revolution and the restoration of independence.

"We will renovate the old memorial and transform it into a freedom memorial according to our wishes and join it with the new memorial, tying them together both artistically and in terms of landscape," Põlluaas said.

The Soviet-era war memorial close to the newer Maarjamäe Memorial to the Victims of Communism now presents a public hazard as it is becoming more dilapidated, ERR News wrote in July.

The Maarjamäe memorial stands on Pirita tee, between the Lasnamäe ridge and Tallinn Bay. It was erected to commemorate those who had fallen defending the Soviet Union in World War Two. The communism victims memorial was unveiled in 2018.


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Editor: Roberta Vaino

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