TALLINN - A congress of former servicemen from the 20th SS division and other Estonian veterans who served in different German military units during WWII has started in the Vaivara district of Estonia near the border with Russia.
A number of SS veterans from Norway and Austria are among the 250- 300 participants in the congress.
The event is proceeding under special police guard, who are checking all the arriving delegates.
The congress started near the Sinimae hills, the scene of the worst battle in Estonia in WWII, which took place in the summer of 1944.
The veterans, holding the flags of the units they served for, heard a prayer and then laid wreaths at a memorial rock in honor of the 20th SS division servicemen who were killed in action, and also to the commemorative plaques in honor of the Danish, Dutch, and Norwegian SS legionaries who fought there.