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Today, the Vice-President of the Riigikogu Laine Randjärv participated at the Rahumäe Cemetery in the opening of a memorial column to the deported Estonian Jews. Randjärv, whose term as the Minister of Culture saw the initiative of erecting the monument receive an extensive support on behalf of the state, made a speech, in which she said the following: “Estonian Jews are strongly characterised by their ability to unite in sorrow and joy. It is due to their strong sense of unity that the Jewish community occupies a prominent position in the Estonian society. The opinions of the most distinguished representatives of the community on different matters – be it politics, economy or international relations – are highly valued by the state, and on my behalf I can confirm that our cooperation is developing and gaining strength. The Estonian state continuously respects, treasures and supports the Jewish community, which constitutes an inseparable part of our society. And today we shall all bow our heads in memory of the people who perished on the long and merciless way of suffering.“

According to Alla Jakobson – one of the initiators of the memorial column erection, it is our duty to repay our debt to these people and to eternalise their names. Jakobson pointed out that at the beginning of the 1990s a memorial stone was placed at the Rahumäe Jewish Cemetery to Ljuba’s Rozenberg upon the dying request of her husband Isaak Rozenberg who had survived deportation. The memorial stone was laid on a pedestal at the ceremony square of the Jewish Cemetery. In front of the stone, there is a composition shaped in the form of the Star of David symbolising Judaism with the names of the perished people engraved on it. The author of the Memorial Column is Irina Rätsep, and the construction of the column was performed due to the donations and the support of the Ministry of Culture.
 
Today is the 70th  anniversary of the June Deportations, when the Stalinist regime forced over 400 Estonian citizens of Jewish origin to leave their homeland along with Estonians, Estonian Russians and Swedes, who were taken away from Estonia to Northern Ural or Siberia. Amongst them, one hundred and one perished on the way or in Soviet camps.
 
 
The Riigikogu Press Service
 
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