[LH] No. 10, March 2001

15.12.2015. 16:13

LATVIA'S HISTORY: EDUCATION, REMEMBRANCE, RESEARCH

March, 2001 (10)


HEADLINES

  • Preparation of the Conference "The Deportations of 14 June 1941" Under Way

  • A New Documentary on the Rescuers of Jews in Latvia Completed

  • The Government of Latvia Promotes Research into the Holocaust


Preparation of the Conference "The Deportations of 14 June 1941" Under Way

On 23 March the organisers of the forthcoming conference "The Deportations of 14 June 1941: Crimes Against Humanity" announced that the organising committee has already received 29 reports from the historians, lawyers, and politicians of the Baltic States, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, the US, Germany, Sweden, and Israel.

During the press briefing given by Mr Antonijs Zunda, Adviser to the President on the History Commission Issues, it was announced that a collection of documents "The Deported" would be published upon the conference. "The Deported" will comprise documentary evidences on exact scale of the deportations, and the economic, social and demographic aspects of this unlawful action taken by the Soviet authorities. The research carried out in order to find more records on the theme has confirmed correctness of former estimations, and shows the increase in the number of the deported persons by one thousand than it was thought before. The new findings reveal that on 14 June 1941 15,424 persons were deported from Latvia, and also allow to trace the fates of the deported persons in exile.

The collection of documents will be available in Latvian, Russian, and English, in edition of 1,000 copies. The Government of Latvia, and individual donors provided the financial support for the publication of "The Deported".

Newsletter No. 8 on Latvia's History Commission:

http://www.mfa.gov.lv/ENG/NEWS/NewsLetter/HNL-8.htm

Latvia's History Commission
Chairman: Professor Andris Caune
Address: c/o History Institute of Latvia
1 Akademijas laukums,
Riga, LV 1050, Latvia
Fax: (+371) 7 225 044
Tel.: (+371) 7 225 948
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Adviser to the President of State on the History Commission Issues
Dr. habil. hist. Assoc. Professor Antonijs Zunda

Chancery of the President,
3 Pils laukums,
Riga, LV 1900, Latvia
Tel.: (+371) 7 092 109

Fax: (+371) 7 325 800

http://www.president.lv/eng_def.html

A New Documentary on the Rescuers of Jews in Latvia Completed

"The Compassion" is the third and concluding part of a video documentary of the trilogy "The Rescuers and the Rescued" produced upon the initiative of the Museum and Documentation Centre "Jews in Latvia".  The director of the documentary is Rodrigo Rikards, the scriptwriter Mr Margers Vestermanis, director of the Museum.

The memories of those people who witnessed the saving of Jews in Latvia can be divided in those of the rescued, the rescuers, and their relatives and families. The documentary features the fates of Dr Ina Mihelsone, a little girl Aviva Niburg, a later popular cinema historian in Latvia Ms Valentina Freimane, Mr Jakov Sneider and their rescuers. The documentary shows also an episode of granting the Three Star Orders to the rescuers of Jews, which – according to the President of Latvia Dr Vaira Vike-Freiberga – is an expression of acknowledgment shared by all Latvian people.

The premiere show of the documentary is planned for 13 April on the Latvian TV1 programme.

Museum and Documentation Centre "Jews in Latvia"

6 Skolas Str.,

Riga, LV 1322, Latvia

Tel./Fax: (+371) 7 283 484

The Government of Latvia Promotes Research into the Holocaust

On 19 March the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia received confirmation that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York upon the commission of the International Fund for Needy Victims of Nazi Persecution has transferred the remaining 75% of the sum donated by the Government of Latvia to the Fund. The donated funds are aimed for three institutions in Latvia: the Museum and Documentation Centre "Jews in Latvia", the Centre for Judaic Studies at the University of Latvia and the History Institute of the University of Latvia. On 6 July 2000 the Federal Reserve Bank of New York transferred the first 25% of the envisaged sum.

Foundation of the International Fund for Needy Victims of Nazi Persecution was officially announced in 1997 at the Nazi Gold Conference in London. The Conference called on the governments of the countries of the world to donate funds in order to help Holocaust victims, as well as to continue research and elucidation on the Holocaust. The decision to make a donation to the Fund was adopted by the Government of Latvia in December 1998; in March 1999 the first contribution of 14,150 LVL was made.

Press release:

http://www.mfa.gov.lv/ENG/NEWS/PRESREL/Pr990302-2.htm