LATVIA'S HISTORY: EDUCATION, REMEMBRANCE, RESEARCH
August - September, 2001 (15)
- Latvia Appoints a Representative for Co-operation with International Holocaust Task Force
- Collection of Reports of the International Conference on the Holocaust and the Holocaust Studies in Latvia Published
- Preparation of an International Holocaust Research Seminar Under Way
- Exhibition "Anne Frank - a History for Today" Opened in the City Council of Riga
Latvia Appoints a Representative for Co-operation with International Holocaust Task Force
On 23 August the Government of Latvia appointed the State Secretary of the Education and Science Ministry of Latvia Mr Andris Sarnovics as its representative in co-operation with the Task Force for International Co-operation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research. The representative was chosen from the Education and Science Ministry, because this Ministry is responsible for educating youth on issues of the Holocaust.
The Government representative will have to develop a joint action plan based on projects submitted by state institutions and non-governmental organisations. The action plan is to be called "The Holocaust: Remembrance, Research and Education in Latvia". The representative will also have to cover information exchange between Latvia and the Task Force and co-ordinate implementation of the action plan.
The Task Force for International Co-operation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research was established in Sweden in 1998. Sweden, the United Kingdom, the U.S., Germany, Israel, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Italy and Lithuania participate in the international commission.
In 2000 Latvia announced that it would be ready to co-operate with the Task Force on specific projects. Sweden is responsible for co-operation with Latvia, and with the Swedish Government's support, a translation of the book "Tell ye your children... A book about the Holocaust in Europe 1933 - 1945" was recently published.
Collection of Reports of the International Conference on the Holocaust and the Holocaust Studies in Latvia Published
In August a History Commission publication devoted to the issues of the Holocaust research in Latvia was published in Latvian and English. The volume comprises reports and materials of 24 historians of the international conference "The Issues of the Holocaust Research in Latvia" held on 16 – 17 October 2000 in Riga, as well as the most recent findings related to the Holocaust issues in Latvia.
The volume is prefaced with the speech of the President of Latvia Dr Vaira Vike-Freiberga delivered at the Conference. Prof Alfred Erich Senn from the University of Wisconsin (the U.S.) in the foreword "Studying World War II and the Holocaust" notes that "since independence, Latvian historians - and teachers – have had to examine the horrors of the Holocaust as activated by the Nazi-Soviet conflict. And in this case they have to study the nature of the German occupation and the impact of Nazi policies. Here too, as in studying the Soviet era, they have had to learn how to reconcile the conflicts and inconsistencies that arise from documents, memoirs, and human memory. The materials are different, but the problems in historical research are similar".
Prof Senn also explains that the History Commission of Latvia "has the specific charge of helping the society comprehend the full range of Latvia's wartime experiences. (..) The conference on the Holocaust on 16 – 17 October 2000 marked a great step forward in the work of historians studying the experiences of the World War II in Latvia".
Address by President of Latvia Dr Vaira Vike-Freiberga at the conference "The Issues of the Research of the Holocaust" 16 October 2000
MFA Latvia's History Newsletter No.7 (1)
MFA Latvia's History Newsletter No. 7 (2)
Preparation of an International Holocaust Research Seminar Under Way
On 23 August a meeting of the History Commission of Latvia was held where the preparation of an international seminar "The Issues of the Holocaust Research" that will be organised on 29 November this year in Riga at the University of Latvia was discussed. The seminar will be devoted to the latest research into the Holocaust during the World War II in Latvia and the 60th anniversary of the Rumbula tragedy of November 1941 when thousands of Jews were killed.
The seminar is organised by the History Commission of Latvia, the History Institute of Latvia, the Centre for Judaic Studies and the Faculty of History and Philosophy at the University of Latvia, and the Museum and Documentation Centre "Jews in Latvia". Researchers and historians from the U.S., Germany and Latvia will participate in the seminar. The reports of the seminar will be later published by the History Commission.
History Commission of Latvia
Chairman: Professor Andris Caune
Address: c/o History Institute of Latvia
1 Akademijas lauk.,
Riga, LV 1050, Latvia
Tel.: (+371) 7 225 948
Fax: (+371) 7 225 044
Adviser to the President of State on the History Commission Issues
Dr. habil. hist. Assoc. Professor Antonijs Zunda
Chancery of the President,
3 Pils lauk.,
Riga, LV 1900, Latvia
Tel.: (+371) 7 092 109
Fax: (+371) 7 325 800
Exhibition "Anne Frank - a History for Today" Opened in the City Council of Riga
On 4 September an international travelling exhibition "Anne Frank - a History for Today" was opened in the City Council of Riga. The opening of the exhibition was attended by representatives of the City Council, Museum and Documentation Centre "Jews in Latvia", as well as by representatives of the Anne Frank's House in the Netherlands and Latvia.
Anne Frank's life story reveals the horrifying history of the Holocaust and this exhibition helps youngsters understand history better and get knowledge about the Holocaust during the World War II. Among other languages, the catalogue "Anne Frank - a History for Today" for the international exhibition has also been published in Latvian. The exhibition has been on view in Latvia since 8 May 2000.
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