Class of 1943

documentary 55min. HD 2012
film by Helga Merits
camera by Ramaz Melashvilli

“The film is about the fate of five boys who turned 18 in 1943. Leaving school they all had to go either to the Reichsarbeitsdienst or the army. This would only be for a short period of time, but it turned out otherwise.
Wartime and postwar years in Estonia and the postwar years in Germany (period: 1940-55).”
The film is based on archive footage and pictures and tells the tragic story of a generation of Estonian boys who left their youth in WW II.


– première, June 2012 Sõprus Kino, Tallinn
– Estonian independence day, Estonian TV (ETV), 20 August and 24 August 2012
– Boston Estonian Society (Scandinavian Cultural Club), November 2012
– Washington Embassy, November 2012
– Estonian Culture Club Stockholm (Eesti Maja), January 2013
– University of Glasgow, February 2013
– New York Estonian House, February 2013
– Sydney Estonian House, February 2013
– New York Estonian House, February 2013
– Melbourne Estonian House, February 2013
– Adelaide Estonian House, May 2014
– The Summer School, conference in Estonia, June 2014
– Conference in Tallinn, September 2014
– Estonian Ambassy in Brussel, autumn 2014
– Estonian House in Leicester, autumn 2014
– Estonian TV (ETV), summer 2015
Muhu Museum in Estonia, July 2015
– Ottawa, Bright Light Festival, February 2016
– Lakewood, February 2016
– Riga, Museum of Occupations, May 2017