Klooga Concentration Camp, Estonia

At a road sign that began with the word Holocausti I turned off from chasing Soviet nuclear submarines at Paldiski and wound back through echoes of sad history on the forest road.

It was Klooga Concentration Camp, a site of which I confess prior ignorance. According to Wikipedia, from September 19-22, 1944, with the Red Army approaching, the Germans evacuated, slaughtering an estimated 2,000 prisoners, with only 85 surviving or escaping.

The memorial winds snakeline through the forest forest road with austere markers at key spots of tragedy. The memorial runs from the car park to the Klooga-aedlinn commuter train stop. A marker shows the layout:

Later on this trip chills would run through me at the sight of Auschwitz-Birkenau. This solemn site, empty of the living except myself, was no less poignant. It is only a half-hour drive or commuter train ride from Tallinn. Don’t let it be neglected.

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  1. Thanks for the Eastern Europe posts. I lived in Kiev for 10 years and I love to see this area of the world highlighted. I really enjoyed the Hill of Crosses in Lithuania – I have been there myself, but I was not at this concentration camp. This looks like a walk that was very meaningful. If I ever go to Estonia (and I hope that I can someday), I will definitely look this site up.

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