Second celebration of the Estonia's liberation day

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24. February 1943

On February 21, 1943, during the celebration of the Liberation Day of Estonia, commissar general Litzmann handed documents of privatization to 55 farmers, who regained their lands. Similarly to returning houses and other property confiscated by the Soviet rule, Germans did not hurry to return farm lands. By the end of the occupation, few thousand documents about privatization had been handed out.

On February 24, 1943, Germans decided to "celebrate" the 25th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia by forcefully drafting men born in 1919-1924 to German army, sending them to the rear battalions and Estonian Legion. Majority of those drafted, about 5000 men, were sent to the Legion, as "volunteers". In addition, the head of the Self-Administration ordered all Estonian non-commissioned officers and officers to join the Legion.

Source: Eesti ajalugu. VI: Vabadussõjast taasiseseisvumiseni. Lk-d 196-227.

Eesti ajalugu: kronoloogia. 2007.


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