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The collection of the Museum of Occupations gives an overview of the time of occupations, repressions, national resistance and singing revolution movements in Estonia, during the years of 1940-1991, when Estonia was occupied in turns by the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union again.


In the collection of the Museum there are artefacts and documents that were related to the life of Estonians during the occupation of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany. While collecting the artefacts, the main principle has been the ideological background (deportations, arrests, prisoners of war, dissidents, armed resistance, ideological propaganda), but the museum has also collected everyday household items. All the artefacts have been collected from the private persons and public institutions from Estonia and Estonians living in abroad.


Number of items in the Collection is 36 600. There are different types of items in the collection, such as books, diaries, letters, documents, magazines, journals, newspapers, maps, photographs, posters, postcards, artefacts, clothes, sculptures, toys, documentaries etc.


The Collection is digital and accessible online (only in Estonian):


Museum of Occupations


Museum of Occupations is founded by the private institution the Kistler-Ritso Estonian Foundation (founded in 1998) whose task is to collect, process, study and present the history of the occupations of Estonia 1940-1991, the national resistance movement and the return of independent statehood.


The purpose of the museum is to raise the interest, awareness and attention of youth toward society in order to prevent history’s its repetition.

The Museum of Occupations provides a comprehensive overview of Estonian society during three periods of occupation:
the first Soviet occupation 1940–1941, the German occupation 1941–1944, and the second Soviet occupation 1944–1991.
Audio-visual displays and photos highlight the events of the era, repression and national resistance, as well as showing how people coped with the day-to-day realities of this difficult period.


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