The next day, news of the manifesto reached Tallinn, and the document was published for the general public to see. After the War of Independence and peace negotiations, a new independent Estonia emerged. Now February 24th is celebrated as Estonian Independence Day.
However, independence was short-lived. The Soviet Union and Nazi Germany signed the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact on August 23rd, 1939, placing Estonia under the Soviet "sphere of influence" and paving the way for the annexation of Estonia to the Soviet Union in 1940. From 1941-1944 Estonia was occupied by Nazi Germany. At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union reoccupied Estonia until the tumultuous events of the late 1980s. Visitors interested in learning more about life in Estonia during the Soviet occupation should visit Vabamu in Tallinn. This museum combines personal narratives with informative exhibits on Estonia's recent past.
A new wave of nationalism
During the late 1980s, feelings of national sentiment and independence began to gain strength and momentum. The policy of Perestroika meant more liberal reforms were taking place within the Soviet Union. On September 26th, 1987, a proposal for Estonia's economic autonomy within the Soviet Union was published in the Tartu newspaper Edasi (Estonian for forward).