LATVIA'S HISTORY: EDUCATION, REMEMBRANCE, RESEARCH
April - May, 2002 (20)
- Progress in Holocaust Research and Education project discussed
- Latvian Delegation Attends the International Conference on the Holocaust in Jerusalem
- Latvia's activities in the framework of ITF discussed with Swedish official
- Exhibition "Jews in Latvia, 18th century - 1918" opened at Riga Jewish Community House
- Leo Dribin's book on the history of Latvian Jewry re-published
Progress in Holocaust Research and Education project discussed
During the 28th of March meeting at the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science the progress in the field of Holocaust education and research in Latvia was discussed. Organisers of the discussion - Latvian representative for co-operation with the Task Force for International Co-operation on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research (International Task Force, ITF), Secretary of State of the Ministry of Education and Science Mr Andris Sarnovics, representative of the ITF, representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education and Science, and the Association of History Teachers of Latvia (AHTL) - gathered to consider upcoming activities in the field. AHTL submitted a list of 30 history teachers from Latvian schools, who plan to pay a visit to Yad Vashem authority in the year of 2003. The teachers' visit would be partially funded by the Ministry of Education and Science who allocates LVL 6,000 for this purpose. Latvia will also host the ITF representatives' visit later this year. ITF is visiting Latvia to get a closer insight into the work of Latvia's government institutions and NGOs in the field of Holocaust research and education.
Latvian Delegation Attends the International Conference on the Holocaust in Jerusalem
On 8-11 April 2002 the 3rd international conference "The Legacy of Holocaust Survivors: The Moral and Ethical Implications for Humanity" was held in Jerusalem. Latvian delegation attending the conference consisted of representatives of the MFA and the Embassy of Latvia in Tel Aviv, including Latvian Ambassador to Israel Mr Janis Lovniks.
Issues of the Holocaust remembrance and education with the emphasis on moral and ethical aspects of this tragic event were on the agenda of the conference. The conference also expressed rising concern about vestiges of anti-Semitism in the world.
Latvia's activities in the framework of ITF discussed with Swedish official
On the initiative of Ms Ann Wikstrom - a representative for cooperation with Latvia at Stockholm Swedish Institute, a meeting with Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia Mr. Armands Gutmanis took place in Riga on 26th of April. The officials discussed Latvia's activities and contribution in the framework of the International Task Force. The issues touched upon at the meeting also included organisation of the meeting of the ITF member states' representatives to Latvia later this year, study visit of Latvian history teachers to Yad Vashem authority in Israel, study visit of Latvian history teachers to the USA in the framework of teachers-training programme at the Keene State College organised by the Centre for the Study of the Holocaust of New Hampshire from 7 to 12 July this year, as well as the upcoming meeting of the ITF member states in Paris on 25-26 June this year (with participation of Mr Gutmanis as a representative of Latvia), and the project of the Swedish government "Living History".
Exhibition "Jews in Latvia, 18th century - 1918" opened at Riga Jewish Community House
On 17th of May an exhibition "Jews in Latvia, 18th century - 1918" was opened at Riga Jewish Community House. Mr Margers Vestermanis, Director of the Museum and Documentation Center "Jews in Latvia", introduced the audience to the exposition and latest publication of the Museum - a booklet "Collections of the Museum "Jews in Latvia"" containing information on the documents, books, historical evidences, audio and photo materials of the Museum. Mr Vestermanis also gave an insight into the further plans of the Museum. The exposition to be opened next at the newly reconstructed premises of the Museum will feature the period in Jewish history of the independent Republic of Latvia before WWII (1918-1940). At this time a formal presentation of the accreditation paper confirming the status of a state-accredited museum to the Museum also took place. This status was conferred to the Museum on 7th February 2001.
The Museum is funded by several international institutions and foundations, and annually receives the state funding. In addition, this year LVL 2,585 were allocated to the Museum by the Society Integration Fund for implementation of the projects "The Holocaust research, education, remembrance" and "Latvians and Jews: The traditions of co-operation".
Leo Dribin's book on the history of Latvian Jewry re-published
The second - revised and expanded - edition ofLeo Dribin's book "Jews in Latvia" that was first published in Latvia six years ago (1996) has been re-published in April. Leo Dribins traces out the Jewish history in Latvia from the 16th century till nowadays to demonstrate that Jews have always been an integral part of the Latvian nation. The book is available in Latvian.