Each of us has a story and a role in other stories. We are all children of our parents and residents of where we live. We all inherit our cultural, regional and family heritage. The Estonian story, our entire story, is made of different stories of the Estonian people.

These stories do not provide a complete picture of the past, but represent it through the lens of the speaker, which can be very different from our own. Listening to these stories we experience life in different, perhaps unfamiliar ways. Indeed, as individuals we are different, unique. However, what we share deep inside us is common to all.

Kogu Me Lugu \(translates into Collect Our Story, We're Collecting The Story, also Our Entire Story) is an initiative to collect, preserve and share the family stories of Estonians.

The initiative collects the memories of people who were repressed by the Soviet or Nazi regimes, people who escaped Estonia during the occupations of said regimes or arrived in Estonia as a result of the occupations.

Kogu Me Lugu was initiated by the Unitas Foundation on the June deportations Commemoration Day on 14th July 2013.

The initiative is unique for its focus on audiovisal storytelling of Estonian oral history - the stories are stored as video interviews and produced as short films and used for educational purposes.

Each story is unique, yet part of a larger story. Each story is the Estonian story and also the story of mankind.

Submit your story

If you have material you would like to share or archive, or contacts to suggest for interviewing, please fill out the form below.

We recommend that you add as much and as accurate information about the submitted story, contact person or material, as possible, so that it will be easier for us to find proper use for it.

All stories, materials and contacts submitted through the form are initially saved in the Kogu Me Lugu database, accessible only to the Kogu Me Lugu platform administrators. The material is analyzed on the basis of its content and descriptive information, and if suitable, integrated with the platform, providing public access to the material as well as use in educational activities.

The stories which include storyteller information will be used for interviews selection. If the story meets the Kogu Me Lugu requirements, the contact person indicated in the form will be contacted to discuss the possibility of interviewing the storyteller. If suitable, an interview is arranged.

Materials suitable for archiving sent via the form are stored in the Museum of Occupations archive or other suitable archive within the Kogu Me Lugu network. Video interviews are stored in the Film Archives of the Estonian National Archives.

* By submitting this form I authorize the Unitas Foundation to use the submitted material within the Kogu Me Lugu initiative for educational purposes in the form of text, photo or video.


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Kogu Me Lugu partners are

Thanks to

Team members: Alice Pia KattagoAndreas AapAndri AllasAnna HintsAnne SverdlikAnne-Mai SaarAnni HaandiAnts TammikArgo RootsAule SagenBirgit PodelskyBirgit RaeCarlos LesmesDirgis KaarlõpElisa AvikElmar GamsEnrico BaroneGelly MetsaveerGrete RohiGustav LiblikHalliki VoolmaHanna JemmerHardi VolmerHelis HirveIlja ShmidtIlmar RaagIlona-Evelyn RannalaIndrek TreufeldtJaan Kalmus jr.James TustyJan-Erik TihemetsJoosep SoorskJüri KäosaarJüri MuttikaKaari AupajuKadri SikkKaja VillemKaur KirikallKertu RohumägiLiis IlvesLill VolmerLois BantaMaarja Merivoo-ParroMadis TüürMai SillamäeMare OjaMari KõrverMari-Liis NõlvakMaria ReinupMariann LeppikMarion KoppelMarta PulkMaureen Castle TustyMerilin MihkelesMia-Liina LepikMichaela SnopkovaMihkel NõmmikMihkel-Mikelis PutrinšMonika ReppoReili ReintalRein KotovSander KoitSander MaranSandra VokkSergei MetlevSilja-Riin VoolmaSilver FokinTiiu-Triinu TammTunne KelamTõnis TuugaUve Poom, ... and many others
Supporters: Allan-Hermann PoolAnder IldAnne RohtlaAnneli ReinAve Kaing-KaabelAve ProosAve TampereEnn TartoEvelin HaavGustav LiblikHanna VragerHenri LaupmaaHille-Juta LaupmaaIndrek RikkaIvar VokkJaak VackermannJuss HeinsaluKadri KalvoKadri RuusnaKarin LuuseKarin RandKati OravKaur KittusKertu PeetKristi KlaasmägiKristi PõldsamKulno KeskülaKülli MeierLaura OjalaLy NeemeMaarja KarminMare RosenMarek LimbergMariann RikkaMart KuldkeppNele VokkPiia ReismannPiret TartoRait RattikSander JürissonSven IllingTaavi EinasteTaimar PeterkopToivo JullinenTriin Toomesaar, ... and many others

Producer

Co-producer

SA UnitasMeelis Niinepuu

Initiated by

The Unitas Foundation

The Unitas Foundation, founded in 2008 in Tallinn, is one of the founding members of the European Platform of Memory and Conscience. Dedicated to the advancement of history education and human rights culture, the foundation aims to raise awareness of the inhumanity of totalitarian regimes and ideologies and to pursue the international condemnation of their crimes.

www.unitas.ee

Support Kogu Me Lugu

Thanks to your support we can record more stories, create more learning materials and develop the platform towards better and more innovative ways of use. You support Kogu Me Lugu by:

Sending us your family story and additional materials

Recommending storytellers to interview

Spreading word about Kogu Me lugu

Spending time storytelling with your parents or grandparents

Supporting Kogu Me Lugu activities through volunteering or other means

Your donation counts, support the initiative!

Participate in the  Republic of Estonia 100th Anniversary gift project or donate!

Thanks to your financial support, more stories can be told and therefore the story of the Estonian community will be richer. Your financial gift will also support the administration and development of the Kogu Me Lugu online platform.

You can support Kogu Me Lugu through both single donations or standing order donations to the Unitas Foundation account. For single donations please use the payment links below or make the donation to the Unitas Foundation bank account. Account details are available below.

Kogu Me Lugu takes hundreds of hours and euros a month to execute, maintain and develop. If you find importance and value in what we do, please consider supporting Kogu Me Lugu with a recurring donation of your choosing. Bank details are available below.

You can make a single donation by making just a few clicks online. Send us your name and e-mail, so we can send you a thank you-note, select the appropriate amount below and click on it. You'll be redirected to the easy and secure payment gateway.

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Bank account details:

Account Number: EE85 1010 2200 8178 2010 | BIC: EEUHEE2X

Bank: SEB Pank Bank Address: Tornimäe 2, 15010, Tallinn, Estonia

Selgitus: Toetan Kogu Me Lugu