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The Singing Revolution Educational Content

A bundle of 20 short educational videos relating to The Singing Revolution. Includes over 5 hours of additional footage, interviews, and historical videos.

27 Videos

  • Comments on the Atlantic Charter/Yalta/Hungarian Uprising

    7m 32s · Downloadable

  • Estonians Fleeing Stalin – Waiting to Return

    12m · Downloadable

  • Deportation Stories – Mari-Ann Kelam

    1m 30s · Downloadable

  • Deportation Stories – Enn Sarv

    6m 12s · Downloadable

  • Deportation Stories – Heiki Ahonen

    3m 16s · Downloadable

  • Deportation Stories - Heino Noor

    8m 16s · Downloadable

  • Deportation Stories – Tiia-Ester Loitme

    9m 54s · Downloadable

  • Deportation Stories – Matti Päts

    6m 20s · Downloadable

  • Forest Brother Alfred Käärmann

    50m · Downloadable

  • The Role of Finnish TV, Voice of America & Radio Free Europe

    6m 31s · Downloadable

  • Comments from Trivimi Velliiste: The Acorn Book Club

    8m 53s · Downloadable

  • Estonian Dissidents

    6m 49s · Downloadable

  • Soviet Education and Youth

    13m · Downloadable

  • Estonian Independence Day

    1m 58s · Downloadable

  • Details on the 1987 Hirve Park Demonstration

    10m · Downloadable

  • Comments on the Popular Front

    9m 3s · Downloadable

  • Tunne Kelam on the Citizens Registration

    9m 58s · Downloadable

  • Comments on Gorbachev

    6m 55s · Downloadable

  • Role of Culture Under Soviet Occupation

    7m 3s · Downloadable

  • Comments on the Role of Vaino Valjas

    31m · Downloadable

  • The Baltic Bloc – MRP Acknowledgment in Moscow

    8m 57s · Downloadable

  • Comments on the August 1991 Coup

    19m · Downloadable

  • The Importance of the Song Festival/Laulupidu

    13m · Downloadable

  • Interview with filmmakers James and Maureen Tusty

    7m 38s · Downloadable

  • Song Festival Performance: Ilus Maa / Beautiful Land

    7m 29s · Downloadable

  • Song Festival Performance: Boys Choirs

    2m 57s · Downloadable

  • The Singing Revolution - Official Trailer

    2m 38s · Downloadable

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  1. Comments on the Atlantic Charter/Yalta/Hungarian Uprising

    7m 32s · Downloadable

    Learn the chilling details regarding the post World War II Realpolitik decisions of the Allies that left the Baltic Countries, and later Hungary, victims of a brutal Soviet occupation.

  2. Estonians Fleeing Stalin – Waiting to Return

    12m · Downloadable

    Hear the stories of two people whose parents fled Stalin with them as small children, both of whom ended up in the United States. How did Estonians who stayed behind in Estonia feel about the many refugees?

  3. Deportation Stories – Mari-Ann Kelam

    1m 30s · Downloadable

    Hear an overview regarding the Soviet deportations of an estimated 8%-14% of the Baltic Countries.

  4. Deportation Stories – Enn Sarv

    6m 12s · Downloadable

    Enn Sarv resisted both the German occupation and the Soviet occupation. As a result, he was imprisoned first in a German Concentration Camp. Then, after the war, he came home and subsequently was arrested by the in Soviets and sent to the Gulag. His fiancée waited for him all that time.

  5. Deportation Stories – Heiki Ahonen

    3m 16s · Downloadable

    Heiki Ahonen’s parents met while both were imprisoned in Soviet Labor Camps in the 1940s. He shares their story. Due to this history of his parents, Heiki was a marked man to the Soviets and was arrested himself in 1983 due to his anti-Soviet activities.

  6. Deportation Stories - Heino Noor

    8m 16s · Downloadable

    Heino Noor was imprisoned simply because his parents were put into Labor Camps because they had been in the Estonian Army. Heino’s mother was executed by gunshot while at the camp. In 1991, after Estonia regained its independence, Heino learned the name and address of his mother’s executioner. The man was living in Tallinn, and Heino knew where. He agonized over what to do.

  7. Deportation Stories – Tiia-Ester Loitme

    9m 54s · Downloadable

    Tiia-Ester Loitme is featured in The Singing Revolution, and her story of being sent to the Gulag at age 14 is covered in the film. Learn more about how she survived and became a noted Estonian choir conductor. Since 1989, she has been chief conductor of the Grammy Award-winning choir Ellerhein.

  8. Deportation Stories – Matti Päts

    6m 20s · Downloadable

    Matti Päts is the grandson of Estonian President Konstantin Päts. When the Soviets occupied Estonia in 1939, President Päts, his children and grandchildren became the second family to be deported to the Gulag (the first being Estonian Army General Laidoner’s family). At 8 years old, Matti was sent to a Soviet orphanage along with his younger brother, who died of starvation. Hear his family’s story.

  9. Forest Brother Alfred Käärmann

    50m · Downloadable

    Alfred Käärmann fought the Soviets as a Forest Brother from 1944 – 1952. He was captured and sent to Soviet prison. He was released in 1967. But he was constantly harassed by the Soviets until Estonian independence in 1991. Hear his full, powerful story.

  10. The Role of Finnish TV, Voice of America & Radio Free Europe

    6m 31s · Downloadable

    Truth was hard to come by in the Soviet Union. The government controlled all sources of information, and used those pipelines to endorse itself. Due to their geographical location, Estonians in the north could access Finnish TV for a window on the West. Voice of America and Radio Free Europe also provided important information. The Soviets spent much time and money trying to scramble those signals.

  11. Comments from Trivimi Velliiste: The Acorn Book Club

    8m 53s · Downloadable

    Learning how to camouflage plans for independence from the Soviet authorities became a masterful art form in Estonia. The Acorn Book Club is a great example. In the 1970s the Soviets announced plans to fight illiteracy. Freedom-minded Estonians formed a “book club” under the guise of fighting illiteracy (which didn’t really exist in Estonia). In reality, members were reading books, some forbidden, to prepare themselves to create a free Estonia ...

  12. Estonian Dissidents

    6m 49s · Downloadable

    Learn how Soviet dissidents functioned, what motivated them and what they were thinking.

  13. Soviet Education and Youth

    13m · Downloadable

    Hear about the conflicting lessons of history Estonian children learned at home compared to what they heard at school. Hear the full story of a teenage rebel being arrested and interrogated by the Soviet Secret Police (the KGB) for simply sporting a Mohawk haircut dyed bright red.

  14. Estonian Independence Day

    1m 58s · Downloadable

    Estonians declared their independence on February 24, 1918. Fifty years of Soviet occupation starting in 1940 never changed the importance and legitimacy of that first “Independence Day”.

  15. Details on the 1987 Hirve Park Demonstration

    10m · Downloadable

    Gorbachev introduced the concept of “Glasnost”, or open discussion of political and social issues. He never dreamed how far Estonians would take that concept. The 1987 Hirve Park demonstration was a bold challenge to the legality of the Soviet occupation. Demands were made to put Stalin’s henchmen in jail.

  16. Comments on the Popular Front

    9m 3s · Downloadable

    The Popular Front sought change, but not full independence. They felt they were more realistic than those seeking outright independence, and therefore would be more successful. They were hoping for greater freedom within the confines of being part of the Soviet Union. Revolutions, even successful ones, are not always united. Hear about some of the tensions within the various Estonian movements.

  17. Tunne Kelam on the Citizens Registration

    9m 58s · Downloadable

    In 1988, over 800,000 Estonians (virtually every adult in the country) signed a petition denying the legality of the Soviet occupation and declaring themselves citizens of the 1939 Republic of Estonia. This led to an election of the “Congress of Estonia” in 1990…done while the Soviets were still in power. Hear Tunne Kelam explain the legal concept, share what was behind those events and their astonishment at the turnout.

  18. Comments on Gorbachev

    6m 55s · Downloadable

    Gorbachev is often seen in the West as a freedom-leaning Soviet leader. That is not the view of those who lived under his rule.

  19. Role of Culture Under Soviet Occupation

    7m 3s · Downloadable

    Learn how Shakespeare’s play Hamlet was turned into a message of hope for a free Estonia…right under the eyes of Soviet authorities. When government controls schools, television, radio and the print press, double entendre in the arts becomes a principal pipeline of truth.

  20. Comments on the Role of Vaino Valjas

    31m · Downloadable

    From 1978 until 1988, Estonian’s Communist Party was led by hard-liner Karl Vaino. In 1988, in order to calm down the Estonian hunger for independence, Gorbachev replaced him with native Estonian Vaino Valjas, a childhood friend of Gorbachev’s with a much softer approach than Karl Vaino. Valjas was a dedicated Communist who was not seeking Estonian independence, yet he tolerated, and perhaps even encouraged, a great deal of Estonian independence ...

  21. The Baltic Bloc – MRP Acknowledgment in Moscow

    8m 57s · Downloadable

    The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was an agreement between Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union that contained secret protocols turning the Baltic countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania) over to Stalin. For 50 years, the Soviet Union denied that these protocols existed. Hear the story of how they were finally exposed.

  22. Comments on the August 1991 Coup

    19m · Downloadable

    The Moscow Coup happened in 1991. Tanks rolled into Estonia. Hard-line Soviet occupation was back and no one knew how it would end. We now know the Coup would collapse and Estonia would become a free nation. But how did things seem at that time?

  23. The Importance of the Song Festival/Laulupidu

    13m · Downloadable

    The Estonian Song Festival Laulupidu is a high level artistic event. But it also has been a critical tool for unifying the country…especially during foreign occupation. Hear about the meaning of Laulupidu to Estonians.

  24. Interview with filmmakers James and Maureen Tusty

    7m 38s · Downloadable

    A brief interview with the filmmakers done shortly after the release of the film.

  25. Song Festival Performance: Ilus Maa / Beautiful Land

    7m 29s · Downloadable

  26. Song Festival Performance: Boys Choirs

    2m 57s · Downloadable

  27. The Singing Revolution - Official Trailer

    2m 38s · Downloadable