Opening of Miranda's National Estonian Tour

11 May 2017, Tallinn, Museum of Occupations

The National Estonian Tour of the Miranda exhibition was opened in Tallinn, Estonia at Museum of Occupations on Thu 11 May 2017. Exhibition was opened by 1. vice-chairman of Estonian Parliament (Riigikogu), deputy Mr. Enn Eesmaa. Other speakers of the opening ceremony were the leader of local Roma community Mr. Roman Lutt, Cultural Counsellor Mr. Veijo Baltzar, Ambassador of Finland to Estonia Ms. Kirsti Narinen and Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission (Embassy of Germany in Estonia) Mr. Reinhard Wiemer.

During the visit in Tallinn Drom’s workgroup met officials from Ministry of Culture (Adviser Anne-Ly Reimaa and Chief Specialist Mall Saul) and made acquaintance with the local Roma community. In addition Veijo Baltzar gave numerous interviews – among the first reportages about Miranda was Estonia’s National Broadcaster’s ERR’s evening news on 10 May. See the TV-reportage here!

Warmest Thank you to the Museum of Occupations, the speakers of the opening ceremony as well as its guests for the warm-spirit opening and cooperation!


Statements and comments

"Every occupied nation has had their own Mirandas, including Estonians. We are very grateful to Veijo Baltzar and to Museum of Occupations to have Miranda exhibition here in Tallinn."

First vice-chair of Estonian Parliament, Member of Parliament Enn Eesmaa

“With great respect, I thank Veijo Baltzar, the great Finnish cultural figure, for telling us this story, building the exhibition and bringing it here to Tallinn”.

H.E. Ambassador of Finland in Estonia Kirsti Narinen

“Miranda’s story is one of the most moving stories I have read and also heartbreaking.”

Director of Museum of Occupations Merilin Piipuu

“Miranda exhibition in the Museum of Occupations is very important. This exhibition tells the story of the Roma. It directs our attention to people who in the millions have very little access to the promises of Europe: security, well-being, opportunity. And who still have to fight for their space in society and history.”

Counsellor, Deputy Head of Mission (Embassy of Germany in Estonia) Reinhard Wiemer

"This exhibition is very touching for me personally, because during the was 23 members of my family were lost without traces. Where did they go, what happened to them – I don’t know. There are only little pieces of information, such as that my sister was murdered."

Roman Lutt, the leader of Estonian Roma community

Please see all speeches from video links below: