Tartu City Council renames two streets in Uus-Ihaste

K. Liimandi tn and A. Johani tn in Tartu's Uus-Ihaste district..
K. Liimandi tn and A. Johani tn in Tartu's Uus-Ihaste district.. Source: Indrek Mustimets

Two streets named after Estonian artists who joined the NKVD's destruction battalions during World War II will be changed after Tartu City Council made a final decision on Thursday.

The streets in Uus-Ihaste are named after painters Andrus Johani (1906-1941) and Kaarel Liimand (1906-1941).

The pair were members of Tartu's Pallas Art School but later voluntarily joined the Soviet Union's NKVD destruction battalions which committed crimes against humanity, said Tartu City Council's Aune Rumm.

A council majority agreed with local residents that Andrus Johani tänav could become Muusa tänav and Kaarel Liimandi tänav will be renamed Maali tänav.

Street names in the Uus-Ihaste district celebrate the heritage of Pallas Art School, which was established in Tartu in 1919 and destroyed during World War II in 1944, and have art-related themes.

Estonia's Place Names Act prohibits public places from being named after people who acted against the state.


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