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A memorial to Estonians who died fleeing their country by sea in 1944 in the face of invading Soviet forces, as well as to remember all those who fled, was formally unveiled on Puise beach, Lääne County on September 19th.


"An estimated 5,000 people entered the sea, not to return," Arnold Aljaste, head of the Estonian Memorial Association (Eesti Memento Liit) told ERR.


"Everything that could float went to sea, including still-seaworthy boats, which went back and forth and made a lot of trips.

For the first time, a student film made by Baltic Film and Media School graduate German Golub "My Dear Corpses" has won the toughest competition for film schools – the Student Academy Awards.


This means that the film is eligible to run for the "big" Oscars.

 

Whether the film will be awarded the gold, silver or bronze medal, is to be announced October 21st.

On September 18th, the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) held a virtual policy discussion on the Kremlin's disinformation campaigns, Putin's recent attempts at revisionism, their role in the changing political landscape, and implications for upcoming elections.

 

Panelists explored effective counter-narratives to fight back on multiple levels, including in the political, economic, and military spheres, and how the Three Seas Initiative should be a positive factor in this challenge.

 

As an active member in the CEEC, the Estonian American National Council’s Washington, DC Director played a large role in organizing and executing the successful and well-received event.

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The Third Annual New York Baltic Film Festival (NYBFF)  returns in 2020 with a virtual version  and will expand beyond New York to offer a selection of the most exciting and relevant Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian films to audiences across the U.S., to view in the comfort of their own homes.


In 2020, NYBFF invites viewers to look at the world through Baltic eyes and be inspired to seize opportunities for positive change.

Multiple Events Commemorate the 1944 Great Refugee Flight


On September 19, a monument was unveiled on the seashore of Puise peninsula in Lääne County, dedicated to the 75 000+ people, who fled Estonia ahead of the second Soviet invasion in the fall of 1944.

 

More than 5000 of those who fled lost their lives on the journey.

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Ambassador Jonatan Vseviov and Alvar Soosaar.
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In September, Alvar Soosaar began his term as Director of U.S. investment and Trade out of the Embassy in Washington, DC.

 

His naming came as part of the expansion of Estonia’s business diplomacy efforts in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


“I look forward to devoting my time, effort, and network full-time to growing Estonia’s exports to, and investment from, the United States,” said Soosaar. “It was time for me to contribute back to a country that has given me and my family so much, a country that has world-class companies and products that it wants to share.”

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The Seattle Estonian Society and West Coast Estonian Days (LEP) organizing committee have a few announcements that we would like to share.


First, in light of the current COVID-19 crisis, Seattle LEP 2021 will be postponed.

 

But do not worry, Seattle will be hosting the 35th LEP when it is safe for us all to gather together once again.

Estonian Children Abroad Began a New Virtual School Year


On September 15, the "Global School" (Üleilmakool) for Estonian-speaking children living outside of Estonia started its eighth academic year with 260 students from 29 countries.

 

Elementary school-age students have the opportunity to study Estonian language and literature, Estonian history, social studies, Estonian geography and mathematics from a selection of 28 different courses.

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