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Since Covid shelter in place started nearly two months ago we, like most families, have had to adjust to remote working, schooling and community engagement.

These changes are minor in comparison to those who have suffered loss of life or are struggling financially. Thankfully our family and friends have remained healthy, but our hearts go out to those that have suffered.

Vova Kojalo, Worcester Massachusetts


There were a couple of articles published in your paper describing the armored trains in Estonia and that stirred up many memories.

My father served in the armored train regiment from the time it was formed until they were dismantled by the Soviet occupation in 1940. l was born in February 1924 and my memories go back to the late 1920's.

The Venice Institute of Contemporary Art "Fine Arts Film Festival, Venice, California" will be held June 8-14, 2020 online using the Vimeo platform. Over 90 films have been selected from all over the world, included are world premieres.

The Fine Arts Film Festival (founded by Estonian Jüri Koll) is dedicated to presenting the finest new films about art in the western capital of the art world – and now globally to highlight the world art community.

Mail Service Between U.S. and Estonia Restored

On May 12, the United States Postal Service (USPS) removed Estonia from the list of countries with which international mail and parcel services had been suspended, the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.


The Keele Ring group now meets twice a month via Zoom. Photo: Linnea Bartling


San Francisco Bay Area Estonians have been sheltering in place, by a six county ordinance, since March 16. We are trying to make the best of it, leaning in to family and friends, learning to use new online tools, while still giving Estonian community activities an important place in our lives.

Our community is diverse, and includes people working in frontline medical response, people in high tech able to work from home, and people running impacted small businesses.

The Estonian American National Council (EANC) recently joined with two protests of the Joint Statement by President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Meeting on the Elbe issued by the White House on April 25th.


The Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) and the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) both published statements objecting to the terms of the commemoration and to President Trump’s engagement with the Russian president.

Washington, DC,
May 6, 2020

On April 25, 2020, the White House released a Joint Statement by President Donald J. Trump and President Vladimir Putin of Russia commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Meeting on the Elbe.


In honor of the May 8th anniversary of the end of World War II, the CEEC objects to this statement and calls for the United States government to recognize the anniversary’s tragic historical significance as it marked the beginning of 50 years of oppression for the nations of our heritage.

Baltic Presidents Release Joint "Victory in Europe Day" Message


The presidents of the three Baltic states have released a joint letter ahead of May 8, VE Day or "Victory in Europe Day", when most countries in Europe mark the end of the Second World War.


This year marks the 75th anniversary of what is also the Day of Victory Over Nazism and the Day of Commemoration of WW II Victims.


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