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Foreign Ministry Secretary General Participated in Ceremony Commemorating Victims of Convoy 73


No 36-TT

Yesterday, 1 November, a delegation of the French Holocaust Memorial Foundation visited Tallinn and participated in a memorial ceremony by the memorial stone next to the former Patarei prison together with representatives of the Estonian Jewish community, the Embassy of France, the government of Estonia, and the city of Tallinn.

During the ceremony Secretary General of the Estonian Foreign Ministry Alar Streimann gave a speech in both Estonian and French next to the memorial stone dedicated to the victims of Convoy 73. In his speech, Secretary General Streimann recalled the sad events of World War II that will forever be a connection between Jews, Frenchmen and Estonians. In talking about Estonia’s history, Streimann named the summer and fall of 1941 as the period when all the people of Estonia experiences the horrors of both the Soviet Union and Hitler’s Germany. “In June of 1941 the Soviet Union deported about 10 000 people from Estonia, including a tenth of Estonia’s Jewish population,” Streimann said.

The secretary general spoke about how just a month later, in July of 1941, the German occupation began. “This turn of events was particularly tragic for the Jewish families in the resort town of Pärnu. Jewish men in Pärnu were arrested and murdered; the women and children were imprisoned for the entire summer and then very brutally killed right around this time of year, the end of October and beginning of November, 71 years ago,” Streimann said, recalling the tragic events in history.

The secretary general of the Foreign Ministry emphasised that Estonia will never tire of condemning the crimes against humanity perpetrated by totalitarian regimes. “It is essential to remember these crimes in order to prevent their reoccurrence,” he emphasised, adding that Estonia shares this position with all of its friends and allies, because together our message is stronger. 

The text of the secretary general’s speech can be found here:
Photos of the ceremony can be found on the French Embassy’s Facebook page:

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