On 14 June at 14.30, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is hosting a commemorative event for the 75th anniversary of the deportations of 14 June 1941 entitled “Accused of being a member of the Foreign Service. 14 June 1941” (Apsūdzība: Ārlietu dienesta darbinieks. 1941.gada 14.jūnijs.)
By 2001, marking the 60th anniversary of the deportations, the Foreign Ministry had identified 51 former staff member of the Latvian Foreign Service who had been subject to political repression, 26 of them were arrested during the wave of deportations on 14 June 1941. At this point in time, commemorating the 75th anniversary, 19 more names of diplomats have been added to the list of the victims. All those interested in the subject have access to academic studies on campaigns of political repression and to memoires of the deported; however, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now offering insight into original documents not available for viewing on a daily basis – the case files of the convicted staff of the Latvian Foreign Service. Read more about the exhibition.
14.30 Opening remarks by Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs
14.35 Dr Mārtiņš Kaprāns, researcher, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the University of Latvia – the significance of Latvian Foreign Service in the history of Latvia’s statehood and in public memory.
14.43 Pauls Gailītis, Senior Desk Officer of the Foreign Service History and Diplomatic Documents Division, a great-grandson of diplomat Pauls Gailītis – experience and memories.
14.50 Iveta Šķiņķe, Head of the Foreign Service History and Diplomatic Documents Division – research and exposition on the repressed diplomats.
15.00 Viewing the exposition, a guided tour at request. A welcome glass.
Journalists, history research institutions, NGOs, the MFA’s cooperation partners and staff members are all invited to attend the event.
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