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Get inspired by UNESCO, “The Baltic Way,” and the NY Estonian House

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Shown here is Ernst Jaakson, Estonia's first Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. The screening of "The Baltic Way" was held in the E. Jaakson Room at the New York Estonian House recently, UN Photo M. Grant.

Check out the documentary “The Baltic Way,” about a human chain linking Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in their drive for Freedom on UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. The documentary chronicles the 600 km long human chain that was formed in the three Baltic States on August 23, 1989 to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact of non-aggression. It was a unique and peaceful demonstration that united the three countries in their drive for freedom.

Shown here is Ernst Jaakson, Estonia’s first Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York. The screening of “The Baltic Way” was held in the E. Jaakson Room at the New York Estonian House recently, UN Photo M. Grant.

“The Baltic Way” was among several documentary properties added to UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. The Memory of the World Register features documentary heritage identified by the International Advisory Committee and endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO as corresponding to the selection criteria for world significance.

A live screening of the documentary “The Baltic Way” was shown in the E. Jaakson Room at the New York Estonian House recently. The Consulate General of the Republic of Estonia, as well as the Estonian Educational Society in NY, and the Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters presented “75 years from the Great Refugee Flight” and “30 years from the Baltic Way”.

Opening statements were made by the Consul General of the Republic of Estonia, Mrs. Kairi Kunka, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Estonia, Mr. Juri Ratas, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Estonia, Mr. Urmas Reinsalu, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr. Vilius Sapoka, and Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Andrejs Pildegovics.

In addition, there was a musical performance by string arranger and composer, Mrs. Simona Smirnova:”Green Rue/Ruta Zalioji”, Lithuanian folk song, “The Baltics are Waking Up” song composed by Boris Reznik.

Chairman of the Foundation for Estonian Arts and Letters, Mrs.Tiina Vaska, opened up the exhibitions.

Ann Charles
Ann Charles is UN Bureau Chief of "Baltic Review" based in New York City. She covers diplomatic activities at United Nations Headquarters in New York and the world body's work in human rights, education, culture, the environment, and tourism, among other global concerns.

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