An SS Monument in Estonia
Estonia is planning to build a monument in the city of Tallinn to honor Estonians who fought in World War II.
The Society of Fighters for Estonia’s Freedom, which includes, among others, veterans of the Estonian 20th SS division, has initiated the opening of a monument to Estonian SS fighters who fought for Nazi Germany during WWII, Russia’s Interfax quoted the Postimees newspaper as reporting on Saturday.
The initiators plan to install the monument in Tallinn’s district of Maarjamae, about fifty meters away from a memorial in honor of the Soviet forces who fought in Estonia, in July this year, Interfax said.
Three large crosses are already installed at the site. The new monument is intended to include plaques bearing the names of 16 Estonian units that fought for the Wehrmacht. There will also be flagpoles, a plaque with explanatory text in four languages, and a cast-iron map of Estonia indicating the places where the SS units fought against the Soviet army, the Russian news agency reported.
The unveiling of the SS monument may serve to escalate neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism there, said Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berl Lazar, Pravda reported.