The film tells the incredible story of a university created shortly after the Second World War by refugees of the three Baltic Countries. They started with nothing, in a city which was in ruins and yet they managed.
In the autumn of 1945, in the almost totally devastated city of Hamburg, a group of university professors from the Baltic countries began to talk about the idea of creating a new university. They had lost everything and had not a penny to their names, but they worked out a magnificent plan and in March 1946 the Baltic University opened its doors. It was a success, but their success was not appreciated by everyone and soon problems began.
Former students from the three Baltic countries tell their stories through interviews, rare film footage, documents and photos, giving us a precious glimpse into the life of a unique institution which should not be forgotten.
(…) special thanks and appreciation to Helga Merits and her helpers for this monumental work. Particularly noteworthy are the numerous authentic film clips, because while there were still some cameras, the refugee could only dream of film cameras at that time.
(…) it must be especially appreciated that this extraordinary passage of history has been recorded.
-- Raul Pettai. Vaaba Eesti Sõna, January, 2016.
Helga Merits has been awarded the Medal of the Baltic Assembly for upholding the unity and cooperation of the Baltic States. Baltic Assembly, 10 November 2017
In the Press
Helga Merits, Research into the past, Vaba Eesti Sõna, 16 veebruari 2012
Helga Merits, The story of the Baltic University (1946-1949), Laiks, 19 decembris 2015
Helga Merits, The story of the Baltic University (1946-1949), Vaba Eesti Sõna, 14 jaanuari 2016
Helga Merits, The story of the Baltic University (1946-1949), Lithuanian heritage, jan/febr. 2016
Helga Merits, 70 years of Baltic University – a celebration, Čikāgas Ziņas, februāris 2016
Piret Noorhani, Tähistame koos Balti ülikooli 70. Aastapäeva, Eesti Elu, 29 Jaanuari 2016
Lea Kreinin, Helga Merits: Kõige tähtsam asi on haridus, Eesti Elu, 5 veebruari 2016
Aime Andra, Lugu Ainulaadsest ülikoolist, Vaba Eesti Sõna, 11 veebruari 2016
Riin Aljas, Eestlased asutasid Saksa pagulaslaagris ainulaadse ülikooli, Eesti Päevaleht, 12 märst 2016
Riina Luik, Kadunud aja otsingul, Postimees, 2. aprill 2016
Erik Peinar, Dokumentalist Helga Merits sai Balti ühtsuse medali, , 17 november 2017
Lea Kreinin, Filmmaker Helga Merits: it is all about making people enthusiastic and hopeful and giving them inspiration. Vaba Eesti Sõna, 30 november 2017