“Our commitment must be to remember the victims who perished, respect the survivors still with us, and reaffirm humanity's common aspiration for mutual understanding and justice.”
-- Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust
Meelis Maripuu is a board member of the Estonian Institute of Historical Memory and Managing Director of S-Keskus, a non-governmental center for contemporary history. He contributed significantly to the work of the Estonian International Commission for the Investigation of Crimes against Humanity and co-edited its report “Estonia 1940–1945” (2006). Based on archival records, his publications provide detailed accounts of mass executions under German occupation. Important Estonian killing sites include the Tartu anti-tank ditch where, for the most part, political prisoners were executed in 1941, and Kalevi-Liiva, where up to 2000 German and Czech Jews deported in September 1942 were shot, most of them directly upon arrival. Meelis Maripuu is a member of Estonia’s Delegation to the IHRA.