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.
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.
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
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.