Latvia's Foreign Minister, Artis Pabriks, presents e-exhibition about Latvian diplomats to ministries

16.11.2005. 12:03

On 15 November 2005, on the occasion of the approaching national holiday, the Latvian Foreign Minister, Artis Pabriks, presented the Latvian ministries with the e-exhibition On Guard for Latvia's Statehood. Latvia's Foreign Service Staff in Exile during the Years of Occupation. June 17, 1940 – August 21, 1991. The documents included in the exhibition may be useful for researching the history of the ministries, as the work of diplomats was connected with different branches of the government.

The e-exhibition was opened on 14 November and was presented to the representatives from archives, museums and higher educational establishments. At the opening of the exhibition the Foreign Minister noted that this project is in acknowledgement of the people who did not lose faith in the future of our country during hard times.

The compact disc contains life stories of forty-nine diplomats, 189 documents and 106 photo-reproductions. The oldest document dates back to 18 May 1940, in which the Latvian Ambassador in London, Karlis Zarins, is granted extraordinary powers to represent Latvia's interests abroad in the event of war.

In 2004, the Foreign Ministry's Archive Division prepared an exhibition of documents On Guard for Latvia's Statehood that was opened by the State President Vaira Vike-Freiberga. The exhibition attracted a great deal of public attention, as it revealed earlier unpublished documents, selected from archive materials collected in Latvia and in exile, about Latvia's diplomatic and consular service during the period of occupation. Therefore, the exhibition materials have now been compiled in electronic format. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, OPEN MEDIA Ltd. and the creative association MIAU have all collaborated in arranging the e-exhibition.

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