Choices of Estonians in WWII

Relation to the course

Contemporary History I – Estonia and the World in the First Half of the 20th Century, topic IV: WWII (Estonia in WWII – occupations, options open to Estonians)

Key words

the June coup 1940, occupation, mobilisation, Omakaitse (Home Guard), forest brothers (Estonian patriotic partisans), emigration

Study results

The pupil
-understands on the basis of sources the effect of the Second World War on the fate of people who lived in Estonia;
-explains what choices people who lived in Estonia made in the war and for what reasons;
-characterises the moral dilemmas of people who lived in Estonia during the Second World War.

This learning material was created by Johanna Bome.