We may ask whether Vettik and Pats, with their open letters in the 1948 October number of cultural and political newspaper Sirp ja Vasar, were just innocent penitents or did their activities exhibit signs of collaborationism?
[One should intensify our fight against bourgeois nationalists and their lackeys.] Sirp ja Vasar 6 May 1950, 4-5.
The cultural weekly Sirp ja Vasar (Sickle and Hammer) was not read only by those interested in the arts and culture, but had a far broader readership (68 per cent of Estonians in 1976 and 69 in 1987) due to its coverage of social issues and its satirical pages.
(23) In Estonia, cultural journals, such as the organ of the Estonian Writers' Union Looming and cultural weekly Sirp ja Vasar, youth magazine Noorus (Youth) and regional newspaper Edasi (Forward) represented this 'intermediate' sector.
It was not coincidental against this background that in the first issue of Sirp ja Vasar of 1979 an essay "About a nation with an old culture" by University Professor Juhan Peegel was published, where he stressed:
(43) In an interview with Sirp ja Vasar in 1979, the well-known author Viivi Luik said:
For example, the cultural weekly Sirp ja Vasar published in 1968 an article by Paul Rummo who criticized the practice of the authorities to destroy the unsold copies of periodicals three months after the date of publication.
The poem, published in Sirp ja Vasar in March 1967, described a visit of a group of kindergarten children to the Zoo.
The meetings involved GLAVLIT, the ECP CC with its Bureau and departments, the party suborganisations of the State Television and Radio Committee and the weekly Sirp ja Vasar. In addition, the Union of Writers and the Committee of the Young Communist League, Komsomol, of which Siig was a member, were represented.