[LH] No. 28, March - July 2004

15.12.2015. 16:10

LATVIA'S HISTORY: EDUCATION, REMEMBRANCE, RESEARCH

March - July 2004 (28)


HEADLINES

  • Exhibition "Jewish community of Latvia: history, tragedy, revival" tours Latvian towns
  • Commission of Historians of Latvia publishes Latvia under Nazi German Occupation, eleventh volume in its series of symposium materials
  • Commission of Historians sets research priorities for 2005-2007
  • Latvia joins ITF on Holocaust Education, Remembrance and Research
  • Memorial erected in Liepaja for the Holocaust and Gulag victims 
  • Latvian officials pay tribute to Holocaust victims

Exhibition "Jewish community of Latvia: history, tragedy, revival" tours Latvian towns  

On 11 March 2004 the exhibition "Jewish community of Latvia: history, tragedy, revival" opened at the municipal library in Jekabpils. The exhibition was organised by Latvia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with the museum "Jews in Latvia" and the Institute of Latvian History at the University of Latvia.

Member of the Commission of Historians of Latvia, Dzintars Erglis, informed teachers and students at Jekabpils High School about the latest research on the Holocaust in Jekabpils and other towns in Latvia. The exhibition traces the history of Latvia's Jewish community from the 16th to the beginning of the 21st centuries; it deals with World War II, the Holocaust and rescuers of Jews in Latvia, as well as activities in Latvia in the context of research and remembrance of the Holocaust.

On May 14 2004 the exhibition travelled to Sabile. There it was shown in the former synagogue, an historical building that has been preserved and now serves as a centre for contemporary art and cultural heritage of the town of Sabile. Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Andris Teikmanis made the opening remarks. Dr. Rudite Viksne, a scholar at the History Institute of Latvia, delivered a lecture about the latest research on the Holocaust in Latvia. The exhibition can be seen until September 20.

This exhibition was shown for the first time on 29 November 2001 at the University of Latvia in Riga. Subsequently, it has been shown at the Daugavpils University, Vidzemes University College, Liepaja Academy of Pedagogy, and National Library in Riga, State Archives of the Rezekne District, Ludza Museum of Local History and Valmiera High School.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Commission of Historians of Latvia publishes Latvia under Nazi German Occupation, eleventh volume in its series of symposium materials 

On 21 May 2004 the 11th volume of series of symposium materials of the Commission of Historians was presented in the Riga Castle. It is entitled "Latvia under Nazi German Occupation, 1941 - 1945".

To cite from Professor Antonijs Zunda's article appearing in the volume,

The assessment of the policy of the German occupation regime is a complicated issue in historiography. Very often representatives of different schools of history offer very different interpretations of one and the same event. Many factors have contributed to such a situation. [..] On the whole, the historiography on the policy of the German occupation rule in Latvia can be [