Oral history interviews with members of the Estonian diaspora who have lived under or fled from the Soviet and/or German occupation in Estonia; or migrated as a result of acts committed by these regimes. The interviews focus on the interwar Estonia and World War II events in the region, the interviewees' escape from the country during the war, and their life in German DP camps and the Western countries (United States, Sweden, Australia). Interviewees also reflect on what it means to be an Estonian, their ties with Estonia, national identity and all else concerned with Estonia. Subjects covered include Estonia, Estonian history, Baltic history, interwar Estonia, World War II (1939-1945), Soviet occupation, Nazi occupation, Soviet Army, crimes against humanity, refugees, DP camps, and the Estonian diaspora.
Open for research use. All Kogu Me Lugu interviews are accessible to all users with one exception in which access is restricted.
[identification of item & interviewee], Kogu me lugu: digital video interviews (M2162). Unitas Foundation. Held by Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.
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Purchased from Unitas Foundation; 2014. Accession MSS 2016-215.
The Unitas Foundation is an Estonian-based apolitical and supranational foundation that focuses its activities on engaging youth, supporting research and raising public awareness in the field of history, the politics of memory and related social issues. The foundation was established in 2008, its headquarters is located in Tallinn. The interviews were recorded by Unitas employees Uve Poom and Anna Hints. One interview was recorded by Maarja Merivoo-Parro.
Kogu Me Lugu is an Estonian oral history initiative launched in 2013 by the Unitas Foundation. The aim of the initiative is to raise national and international awareness of crimes against humanity committed by the German and Soviet regimes and about the impact of those regimes on Estonia’s history and the Estonian people. This is done through collecting and distributing the stories and memories of people who have lived under or fled from the Soviet and/or German occupation in Estonia; or migrated as a result of acts committed by these regimes. In 2014, Unitas Foundation partnered with Stanford Libraries in making 34 video testimonies with members of Estonian diaspora. The project was co-sponsored by Kistler-Ritso Foundation.