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Remains from Raadi war grave buried in Rahumäe Cemetery

Tartu City Government Press Release

Mälestusteenistus Photo: Ove Maidla

13 October / On 13 October, the remains of 238 people discovered in the Raadi war grave were buried in Rahumäe Cemetery, in Tartu. The 167 civilians executed in Lemmatsi were buried in one grave, while 71 Red Army soldiers, who had fallen in Tartu and its surroundings, were buried in another.

The memorial service was presided over by the pastor of St. Peter’s congregation of Tartu and vicar of Tartu, Ants Toomin, Stefan Fraiman, priest from the Orthodox Church of Estonia, and Šmuel Kot, Chief Rabbi of Estonia.
Excavations at the Raadi burial site took place from 12–16 September 2022, at which time the Estonian War Museum discovered the remains of 238 people buried in the communal grave. On 12 September, the bronze sculpture located near the communal grave was also removed and given to the collection of the Tartu City Museum.
Those executed in Lemmatsi during World War II, and Red Army soldiers who fell in and around Tartu, had been buried at the Raadi monument.

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