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Estonia Plans to Restore SS Soldier Monument

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Estoniaís plans to bring back a monument to a soldier dressed in Waffen SS uniform is "a provocation and affront to the memory of those who died fighting the Nazis", the Russian Embassy has said.


The stela with a bronze bas-relief depicts an armed trooper in National Socialist gear, and a tablet reading: "To Estonian men who fought in 1940-1945 against Bolshevism and for the restoration of Estonian independence." It caused a lot of jewish outrage after being erected at the cemetery in the town of Lihula in August 2004. The government ordered its removal less than two weeks later, saying that the memorial created unnecessary links between Estonian independence fighters and the German National Socialists. NS sympathizers staged rallies on the spot where the stela once stood. Last year, one such demonstration attracted around 200 people.

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However, this June, a local MP for the Conservative Peopleís Party (EKRE) in the Laaneranna Parish Council suggested that it was high time to restore the SS monument. On Tuesday, his idea was backed by the speaker of the Estonian Parliament in the capital Tallinn. "Itís a very good undertaking because itís a memorial to Estonian men," Henn Polluaas, who is also an EKRE member, explained. Read more ...

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