10 facts about how the peace of Tartu was born

One of the most striking stories about the birth of the peace of Tartu is how young soldiers were made to march around the city in the winter of 1919/1920. It probably started with the failure of the border negotiations. estap Colonel Viktor Puskar, Commander of the Second Division, ordered the Tartu School Students' Battalion to march around the city in such a way as to repeatedly pass from Aia (now Vanemuise) Street near the conference house as well as Veski Street, where the Russian delegation stopped

One of the most striking stories is how young soldiers were made to march around the city circle, says historian Ago Pajur. "It probably started when the border negotiations did not progress. The parties stuck to their demands, "he adds. Estonian men wanted to show their neighbors that we still have an army. To scare a little or so. Therefore, the Commander of the Second Division, Colonel Viktor Puskar, ordered the Tartu School Students' Battalion to march around the city in such a way as to pass repeatedly from Aia (now Vanemuise) Street near the conference house and Veski Street, where the Russian delegation stopped. "There were 700-800 men in the battalions at that time. Rifles on the shoulder, in the arms of some machine guns, the orchestra was in the mood in front of everything - it could have been a pretty proud sight, "says Pajur. The young people marched like this for three hours.


Storyteller: Ago Pajur; Wrote down this story: Õhtuleht
Used sources and references:

10 facts about how the peace of Tartu was born. Õhtuleht, 02.02.2020. https://ajalugu.ohtuleht.ee/364980/10-seika-kuidas-sundis-tartu-rah