Tallinn commemorates the victims of the 1944 March bombing and the war in Ukraine

Tallinn is commemorating the innocent victims of the 9 March 1944 bombing and the war in Ukraine on Wednesday, the anniversary of the March bombing, with a memorial service at the Siselinna cemetery and a concert in the Old Town's Church of the Holy Spirit and candle-lighting on Harju Street.

On the initiative of the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory and the Estonian Heritage Society, everyone is invited to the events commemorating the innocent victims of the March 1944 bombing of Tallinn and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

A memorial service will be held at 12 noon at the burial site of the victims of the March bombing in the Siselinna cemetery, and a prayer service will be led by the high priest of the Estonian Apostolic Orthodox Church, Aleksander Sarapik.

The memorial concert in the Church of the Holy Spirit will begin at 18:00 and will be conducted by Gustav Peeter Piir, a pastor of the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church.

A light and sound installation will be set up on Harju Street as a reminder of the horrors of March bombing. Candles commemorating the victims will be lit on Harju Street and in the green area along the street at 19.15. Participants are asked to bring their own candles if possible.       

On the evening of 9 March 1944, the Soviet air force bombed the city of Tallinn. A total of 1,549 buildings were destroyed and 3,350 damaged during two waves of air raids. This amounted to about a third of the city's residential buildings at the time. Nearly 20,000 inhabitants lost their homes. Estonia, the national theatre, was destroyed and the Old Town was badly damaged in the Harju Street area. The attack killed 554 Estonians.

On 24 February 2022, Russia launched a war against Ukraine, bombing residential buildings and civilian infrastructure, including hospitals in Ukrainian cities. The number of civilians killed and wounded in the attacks is estimated by the United Nations to have exceeded 1,000, and is increasing every day of the war. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled the war in Ukraine, and many more have been displaced within the country.

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