Cover Osteuropa 6/2008

In Osteuropa 6/2008

Monuments of Resentment
Estonia and the Wars of the 20th Century

Karsten Brüggemann

Deutsche Fassung


In April 2007, the relocation of the “bronze soldier” in Estonia’s capital Tallinn sparked street fighting and diplomatic conflicts with Russia. The dispute became a symbol for the contradictory views of the past in the East and West. In 2004, a me-morial stone for Estonian soldiers who fought in German uniform during the Second World War drew international attention. Now, Estonia’s government is planning to build a monument to commemorate the country’s victory in its war of liberation in 1918-1920. With that, the dispute over monuments is heading into a third round.

(Osteuropa 6/2008, pp. 129–146)