Estonian Life received the following from colleagues at Estonian World Review who were recently contacted by Johannes Bach Rasmussen, founder and secretary of the Baltic Initiative and Network. He wrote to inform of a new initiative that would very likely interest our readers.
Mr Rasmussen advised that the Initiative has a new website www.coldwarsites.net. Here one can find short videos featuring Estonian people – two children of Forest Brothers and a former member of the underground schoolchildren’s organization,“Blue-Black-White”. You can also find descriptions on Estonian sites and museums connected to the Cold War period.
Their main objective is to create more mutual understanding among the countries around the Baltic Sea based on information about the newest history, mainly the Cold War period.
You can also download a guidebook, “Travel guide. Traces of the Cold War Period. The Countries around the Baltic Sea”, with 550 illustrations.
The contacts in Estonia are Kristjan Luts, director of Estonian War Museum - General Laidoner Museum, and Helle Solnask of the Estonian Heritage Society.
The website notes that the main objective of the Initiative is to strengthen mutual understanding between the countries around the Baltic Sea through an exchange of information on the Cold War period. The idea is that history should be told from the historically valuable sites at which events took place. Relevant sites include, for example: military installations and towns, prisons and prison camps, partisan bunkers, execution sites, secret police offices, sculptures and architecture or simple squares or buildings where memorable events took place.
The information is normally handled by museums. The Initiative believes that recent history can be told, effectively, from these sites – it happened here - with the significant help of eye-witnesses. The main task up until now has been to initiate and participate in concrete, international activities and co-operation projects that can improve this mutual understanding. Their main activity thus far has been to support and participate in international cooperation projects that strengthen these activities.
The Baltic Initiative and Network