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Eesti Vabariik 100
Georg Lurich
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A Trip Following the Tracks of Occupation Times

In the Museum

Men were sent to prison camps in 1941, 1944-48, women with children were sent to Siberia in June, 1941 and March, 1949.
Exposition "Deportation- Personal Family Stories" about seven families who passed through the horror of deportation. Among them there is a story about a mother who was sent away through 7 prisons with her 3 small children in 1947. There is a story about two children deported without their mother and another one about a boy who was sent to Siberia twice.
A visit to the farm of a deported family if possible.

Working in Siberia in forest...  building site...
lime stone quarry...  ...fieldsHouses they built - Estonian “Clay Village”, Russian “Estonia”  “Home” in Siberia

Additional reading: Soviet repressions. Deportation. The story of Rahula Farm.

Collective farms
Why were collective farms founded? How?
The misery of Väike-Maarje Collective Farm and its rise among the best ones. All this is reflected in the exposition of the collective farm history in the museum.

Threshing in the 1950s  First tractor of collective farm
Maltose production. Beginning of prosperous life  Director of collective farm Boris Gavronski

Additional reading: Collective farms in Estonia. Väike-Maarja Collective Farm.

In the forest

Forest brothers
Forest Brothers - fighters for freedom.
Why did they go to the forest? How did they live there?
Martin Tamm - 10 years in the forest, in 4 different bunkers. Conspiracy rules. Brother Kaljo with his sister provided him with food. Two raids passed successfully, but in 1954?
Martin Tamm's reconstructed bunker. What is it like? The stove that heated the bunker was used to make food. Bunks that were used to sleep in and live in. The places to keep arms and equipment.
A picnic - a Forest Brother's meal in a glade. A "Forest Brother" Mihkel in full kit telling stories about the life in the forest. Kaljo Tamm's memories if possible.

Find the bunker!  Stove in bunker
“Forrest Brother” Mihkel  Forrest Brother`s meal in bunker
“Forrest Brother” and German tourists  “Forrest Brother” Mihkel entertaining tourists

Additional reading: Liberation movement. The battle of Lebavere. Forest Brotherhood. Forest Brother Martin Tamm.

The missle base
The missile base in the vicinity of Väike-Maarja has two parts: Kadila and Rohu (Lebavere).
When and why were they founded? What was done there? The different zones of the bases. Missile hangars. Starting places. How were the missiles prepared for starting? Starting and hiding.
Although almost all the buildings are in ruins now, some well-preserved hangars and some starting and hiding places can be found in both bases.

Missile hangar on Rohu base  Writing on service hangar wall
Hikers in missile hangar  Missile launch site

Additional reading: Soviet occupation. The missile base in the vicinity of Väike-Maarja.

The battle of Lebavere
In the summer of 1941 almost 200 retreating Red Army soldiers had stayed behind in Lebavere woods. The local Self-Defence called the villagers for a fight. Almost 40 men gathered and went to chase the enemy.
How did the battle take place? What were its consequences then and especially after the World War?

60th anniversary of the battle  Lebavere battleground scheme. 
Legth of the trip: 30 km by bus, 4-4,5 hours.
Trips all the year round (except in the winter when the snow is think)

The cost of the packet per adult: 6 EUR, for students 5 EUR

Minimum group size: 20 people ( single people can join a group, smaller groups in agreement).

Information and booking of the trip:
Väike-Maarja i-Centre
phone: +372 32 61625