LATVIA'S HISTORY: EDUCATION, REMEMBRANCE, RESEARCH
- Opening of exhibition Latvian Children Draw and Write about the Holocaust and Discrimination
- Artis Pabriks urges community to resist the shackles of prejudice
Opening of exhibition Latvian Children Draw and Write about the Holocaust and Discrimination
On 31 July 2007, the President of Latvia Valdis Zatlers, Rabbi Menahem Barkahan, and Foreign Minister Artis Pabriks opened the exhibition Latvian Children Draw and Write about the Holocaust and Discrimination.
"When a child is born into a family, the first thing it hears is a lullaby. Then it learns the language and the traditions of its family and people" said Valdis Zatlers. He highlighted that many peoples live side by side peacefully in the Latvia of today. For this reason, it is very important for children to know not only the traditions, values and the rhythm of life of their own people, but also to acquaint themselves with the culture living next to them. "The major benefit of this exhibition is that people get to know their neighbours from their earliest days. To know means to understand, but to understand means to be able to co-operate, to share friendship and understanding. And this is what I wish for our country" said the president in addressing the audience.
The exhibition features more than 200 works devoted to this theme by schoolchildren from various schools throughout Latvia, including paintings, videos shot and edited by schoolchildren, handcrafts, as well as essays and poetry for reading.
President's Chancery (31.07.2007)
Artis Pabriks urges community to resist the shackles of prejudice
On 31 July, at the opening of the exhibition Latvian Children Draw and Write about the Holocaust and Discrimination, Foreign Minister Artis Pabriks invited the community to resist the shackles of prejudice.
"I would like to recall one of the great European thinkers, the philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who said that man is born free and everywhere he is in shackles. Our task and the basis of our reliance on the creativity of children is the wish to prevent these children from submitting to the chains of prejudice and hatred that might justify the high-minded killing of others. I wish us all to remain free for as long as possible and not to become limited by these shackles, which can seemingly justify the ill treatment of others," noted the Foreign Minister in his address.
The exhibition is being organised by the Shamir community as a demonstration of the works produced by children and youth for the contest Latvian Children Draw and Write about the Holocaust and Discrimination.
The organisers received more than 200 creative works from Latvian schoolchildren, including poems, essays, paintings, videos, and embroidery. 27 schools participated in the contest.
The exhibition was on view in the House of the Blackheads in Riga until 26 August 2007.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (31.07.2007)
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