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TALLINN TO OPEN MEMORIAL TO SS OFFICERS

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TALLINN, April 26 (RIA Novosti's Nikolai Adashkevich) - A memorial "to those who gave their lives for the freedom of Estonia", that is to those who together with the 20th SS division fought against the Red Army in 1944, is to be unveiled in Estonia's capital city of Tallinn on May 8. This is confirmed by Kumo Raude, a board member of the Union for the Liberation of Estonia, uniting war veterans who fought on the side of Nazi Germany, in the ranks of the Estonian 20th SS division as well.

He describes the memorial as three flagstaffs, three crosses, 16 signs with the names of the units which battled against the Red Army in 1944, and a cast-iron map of Estonia with the indication of the dates and places of battles.

The total cost of the memorial built on approval from the Tallinn Mayor Office and foreign veteran SS officers is 900,000 Kroons (about 60,000 euros). A memorial to Soviet soldiers who were killed when liberating Tallinn in 1944 is sited merely some 50 meters away from the new monument.

All the world is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the victory over Nazism and fascism on May 8-9.