Imbi Paju

Imbi Paju (* June 3, 1959 Võtikvere, today rural community Torma, county Jõgeva, Estonia) is an Estonian author, journalist and film director.


Imbi Paju studied artistic subjects in Viljandi and Tartu. During the Soviet occupation of Estonia Imbi Paju worked as a choir soloist at the theater Vanemuine in South-Estonian Tartu. After regaining independence in the early 1990s, she worked as a correspondent for the Estonian daily newspaper Eesti Päevaleht and Postimees in Finland. From 1990 to 1995 she studied political science at the University of Helsinki. They also visited directing and camera courses.


( Minnen Swedish Förträngda, 2007; english Memories Denied, 2009; Russian Отвергнутые воспоминания, 2010 estonian Tõrjutud mälestused, 2007) - published in 2006 in Finnish Paju her book Muistot Torjutut - " Memories Denied ". It deals with the history of her family during the Stalinist terror and the Soviet era in Estonia. Among the many innocent Jews deported to Siberian labor camp Estonians Imbi Pajus was mother. Under the title Memories Denied Paju had already made ​​a film documents on this subject, which celebrated its premiere in 2005 on November 1.

In March 2009, followed jointly with the Finnish- Estonian writer Sofi Oksanen Imbi Pajus collection of articles caiques takana oli Pelko ( " Behind it all was fear "). The book was published in 2010 under the title kõige taga oli reen in Estonian. With the anthology, the writers remember the Stalinist deportations during the Soviet occupation of Estonia. Both want to make a contribution to increase attention for the crimes of communism back into the limelight, which are due to the intense confrontation with National Socialism less conscious of the ( Western) European public.

In November 2009, Paju presented her documentary Soome lahe OED ( " Sisters of the Gulf of Finland " ) before. The 59- minute film focuses on the cooperation between the Estonian and Finnish paramilitary organizations for women, Naiskodukaitse Lotta Svärd and, in the interwar period. Both organizations were talking in the 1920s and 1930s a close cooperation, which was interrupted by the Soviet occupation of Estonia in the summer of 1940. The film will keep the memories of the common people in Finland and Estonia awake who have fallen by the Hitler -Stalin pact in the maelstrom of history.