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Gedenktag an die Opfer von Stalinismus und Nationalsozialismus

23.08.2013

Gemeinsame Erklärung der Ministerpräsidenten von Estland, Lettland und Litauen anlässlich des heutigen Europäischen Tages des Gedenkens an die Opfer von Stalinismus und Nationalsozialismus. 


Government Communication Unit, 23 August 2013 09:35

 

Joint Statement by Baltic State Prime Ministers Andrus Ansip, Valdis Dombrovskis and Algirdas Butkevičius on the Day of Remembrance for victims of Stalinism and Nazism

 

Tallinn, 23 August 2013 - Today is European Day of Remembrance for victims of Stalinism and Nazism. Today the world commemorates the victims of the totalitarian regimes of the 20th century.

 

On 23 August 1939, the Soviet Union led by Joseph Stalin and the German Reich ruled by Adolf Hitler entered into a secret pact to divide and conquer Europe. The totalitarian regimes occupied freedom-loving European nations and a reign of terror was unleashed.

 

Communism and Nazism took the lives of millions of people. In the Baltic States no families were left untouched by the violence of these malicious regimes. Misery affected all ethnic and social groups.

 

Today we remember the victims of totalitarian regimes and honour those who fought against tyranny and oppression. We also commemorate the most vivid expression of the Baltic nations’ desire for freedom . On 23 August 1989 two million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania stood hand in hand in the Baltic Way from Vilnius through Riga to Tallinn in order to demand the restoration of their independence, which had been robbed by the Soviet regime. Our peaceful aspiration for freedom was stronger than Soviet might, because justice was on our side.

 

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