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18/08/2009

Gerda Kordemet’s project on Jüri Vilms. Vilms was a member of the committee that issued Estonian Declaration of Independence on February24th, 1918 while the Russian army was retreating and the German troops advancing. Vilms wanted to travel west to bring aid to save the young Republic but on his way to Helsinki he vanished. No one knew whether it was the Reds, the Whites, the Finns, or the Germans who killed him, or whether he made it to Finland in the first place. At the same time, the German occupiers refused to recognise Estonia’s independence which was finally achieved two years later after the War of Independence. There was an investigation into the disappearance of Vilms, and according to the official version, he was captured and executed in Helsinki by the Germans troops but no one really knows for sure whether the remains in his grave belong to him or not.

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