TABLE OF CONTENTS

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Edward Lucas preface …15

Chapter I….21
First There Was a Photo of My Mother…21
Dangerous Elements Are Eliminated…29
The Work of History is a Twofold Work of Memory and Mourning…35
Heino Noor’s Journey from a Small Town in Europe to a Stalinist Death Camp…38
Haapsalu Summer…56
The Ill-Omened Idyll of 1939…60
Memories of the First World War…62
Kafka’s Prediction: An Apparatus That Tattoos the Text of the Law Directly onto the Flesh…69

Chapter II…73
Toward Freedom and Republic: Elsbet Parek Remembers…76

Chapter III…87
The War of Independence…91

Chapter IV…103
A National Ideal That Respects National Minorities…104

The Faculty of Jewish Language and Culture was established at Tartu University in 1933. A celebration of the Estonian Jewish University Student Organization Hasmonea.Courtesy Estonian Film Archive.

The Faculty of Jewish Language and Culture was established at Tartu University in 1933. A celebration of the Estonian Jewish University Student Organization Hasmonea.Courtesy Estonian Film Archive.

Chapter V…111

Chapter VI…121

Chapter VII…129
Communist Historical Texts Have Their Own Truth…132
The Voice of KGB Propagandists Continues to Have Influence Today…134
Who Shall Rewrite the Past?…137
Erika Nivanka Remembers: Problems and Successes in Building a Civil Society…140
All Ours, All Together…146
The Spiritual Suitcases of the Survivors….148

Chapter VIII…151
Establishing a Disinformation Office…153
“Hang No Less Than One Hundred Known Kulaks”…154
Fear of the Nazis…160

Chapter IX…167
1939: Swastika Flags Fly in Moscow…168
Foreign Policy Before the Fateful Year of 1939…172
How Did Soviet Russia React to the Pact Between Hitler and Stalin?…173
The Baltic Germans Return to Their Homeland…178
The Occupation Begins…182
1940: The “Joyous Union” and the World’s Fairest Judicial System…186
Stalin’s Theory of Species Transformation, Which Could Also Serve to Transform Estonians…188
Spoils of War from the Baltic States…190
Establishment of Soviet Justice in Estonia: “Confession is the Queen of Evidence in the Soviet Union”…191
Normalizing the Perversity of the Judicial System…198

Chapter X…203
End of July 1940: Soviet Cleansing Begins. Abolition of the Institution of the President of the Republic of Estonia…204

Soviet Law regarded Estonian President Konstantin Päts to be only a felon, but also a mentally ill person. He was isolated from society and placed into a special NKVD-guarded hospital colloquially called psikhushka by the Russians.

Soviet Law regarded Estonian President Konstantin Päts to be only a felon, but also a mentally ill person. He was isolated from society and placed into a special NKVD-guarded hospital colloquially called psikhushka by the Russians.

The Soviet Regime Rescues Children from the Grip of Fascism….204

Chapter XI…217
From the Perspective of the Attacker, It Is the Victim’s Own Fault…231
Crushing the Country’s Spine…242

Chapter XII…249
Extermination Battalions Are Put Into Action…250
Who Were They?…251
What Did They Do?…252

Chapter XIII…255
The Red Army Invades My Paentts Home Village…257
Hiding in the Cellar…260
Hitler Betrays Stalin…264

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Forced Mobilization into the Red Army and the German Army:

A Fratricidal War…267
Schoolboys Fighting Against Each Other…268
The Fate of the Jews…270
The New Occupation…284

Chapter XIV…291
A Family of Bandits…295

Chapter XV…299

Chapter XVI…315

Chapter XVII…325
Toward a Happier History…325

Chronology of Estonia History…330

Bibliography…346

Glossary…350

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