Estonia just one step away to finnish WWII fight
At least the last 17-years in modern history of Estonia the World War II still plays big role. Historical, political and ethnical debates, disputes and real fight, like it was in April, 26th last year, let us certainty say – while former soldier from the both side of that war shake each other hand, The Second World War still not ended in the small European country.
On Monday in Tallinn held an international conference organized by the Estonian association of the European Confederation of soldiers and war veterans. Participants demonstrated readiness for dialogue among those who over sixty years ago have look at each other on opposite sides of the front line.
"In our conference was attended by representatives from fourteen countries - says the chairman of the Estonian soldiers Ilmar Haaviste. - During World War II, many of us fought on different sides of the front. To say that we have now become friends, perhaps an exaggeration. But we are not enemies of each other ".
Haaviste himself in that war were in the German army. But by itself this fact, in his view, should not serve as a basis for any "far-reaching conclusions".
"First of all, Estonians have been mobilized in the Red Army - he talks about the events war years. - Have been mobilized thirty-four thousand people. Few remembers while now that they are not sent straight to the front, they are been sent in labour camps inside Russia, where about a third of them died from hunger and disease ".
"After that came the Germans - and once again declared a mobilization. Russian military uniforms did not do it from wearing it Estonians automatically communists or "NKVD" agents. The same can be said of the German form - those who give it for one reason or another, do not automatically become the fascists or the National Socialists! ", - A veteran concludes.
“Until then, people who had participated in the war still alive, there will be different points of view: each of them thinks in its own way - believed fighter from Estonian small corps of Red Army colonel Lembit Sirge. -- The fact that we do not fighting among themselves, already is encouraging ".