Well that was interesting. More to come later but, briefly – Estonia, history of foreign control by Germany, Denmark, etc. Gains independence at end of WWI with help of British fleet, enjoys a couple of decades of freedom, then is occupied by the USSR, then Nazi Germany, then the USSR again.
Freedom attained after the singing revolution and a 600km, 2-million person human chain stretching across Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia.
Long talk with old man in the City Museum who took us carefully through the 20th Century section. He’d lived through the Nazis and the USSR occupation and despised Stalin and Hitler and all their works.