LATVIA'S HISTORY: EDUCATION, REMEMBRANCE, RESEARCH
August, 2000 (4)
LATVIAN HISTORIANS PARTICIPATE IN A RESEARCH PROGRAMME ON HOLOCAUST AND HISTORY ISSUES IN THE USA
JEWISH SURVIVORS OF LATVIA CONGRATULATE LATVIA'S PRESIDENT FOR HONOURING LATVIANS – RESCUERS OF JEWS
LATVIAN STATE PRESIDENT ACCEPTS MEMBERSHIP IN THE INTER-PARLIAMENTARY COUNCIL AGAINST ANTISEMITISM
THE FIRST VOLUME OF CONFERENCE MATERIALS ABOUT LATVIA IN WORLD WAR II PUBLISHED
Latvian Historians Participate in a Research Programme on Holocaust and History issues in the USA
July 17 - August 5, two historians from Latvia - Dr. Antonijs Zunda, Associate Professor from the Department of Contemporary American and Western European History, University of Latvia and Advisor to Minister of Foreign Affairs on Historical Matters, and Ms. Rudite Viksne, Researcher from the History Institute of Latvia and researcher for the Latvia's History Commission visited United States, and together with their colleagues from Estonia and Lithuania participated in the International Visitors programme "Work and Strategies of Historical Research Institutions in the U.S." organised by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural affairs.
The programme provided opportunities for the participants to examine the work of successful historical commissions in the U.S.. This programme also allowed the Baltic historians to meet with their American counterparts and discuss how various historical commissions operate, secure funding, and provide public outlets to better understand the often-troubling past.
The Baltic historians had meetings at the American Jewish Committee, Georgetown University, National Archives and Records Administration, U.S. Department of State, Joint Baltic American National Committee, Radio Free Europe, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Howard University's Moorland Spingarn Research Center, Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets, Library of Congress in Washington D.C., the Shoah Visual History Foundation and the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, as well as Jewish American organisations, such as the Anti-Defamation League, and Association of Holocaust Organizations, Center for Jewish Studies at the City University in New York City, to name only a few.
Jewish Survivors of Latvia Congratulate Latvia's President for Honouring Latvians – Rescuers of Jews
July 7, President of Jewish Survivors of Latvia Mr. Steven Springfield has congratulated Latvian President Dr. Vaira Vike - Freiberga for recognising Latvians who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and for presenting the Three Star Orders to them. His letter reads: "Your action in acknowledging Latvia's culpability in the Holocaust and in honouring its citizens for their heroic deeds will send a message of encouragement to the righteous of the world. It will also inform them that a number of Latvians have become honoured members of their ranks."
Latvian State President Accepts Membership in the Inter-Parliamentary Council Against Antisemitism
July 3, in her letter to Lord Janner of Braunstone, QC, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Council Against Antisemitism, State President of Latvia Dr. Vaira Vike - Freiberga has accepted the proposal to become a member of the Council as well as stated her readiness for constructive co-operation.
The Inter-Parliamentary Council Against Antisemitism is an international non-denominational all-party organisation designed to counter antisemitism anywhere in the world and to promote human rights and understanding across all faiths and people. The Council's purposes inter alia are to monitor and survey antisemitism wherever it arises; to exchange information amongst national Parliaments, non-governmental organisations and the public; to consider and take whatever action may be necessary to prevent further antisemitism; to spread knowledge and understanding of the Holocaust; to organise seminars, conferences and other activities as may be necessary to achieve the Council's purposes. The Council has over 1,200 members in 87 parliaments including the European Parliament.
Inter-Parliamentary Council Against Antisemitism
38 Great Smith Street, Westminster
London SW 1P 3BU
The First Volume of Conference Materials about Latvia in World War II Published
Materials of the international conference "Latvia in World War II", which was held in Riga on June 14 - 15, 1999, are made available in a separate volume in Latvian and English. Conference was attended by researchers from Latvia, Belarus, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden and Ukraine. The current edition comprises reports covering the following themes: Molotov - Ribbentrop Pact and its Consequences, Collaboration and Resistance Movement in Latvia, Military Formations during WW II in Latvia and Other Occupied Countries, Crimes Against Civil Population in Latvia during WW II. The reports - many of them revealing contradictory approaches - vividly illustrate the interest this topic holds not only among the history researchers in Latvia, but also abroad. The conference proved that fate of Latvia during the WW II remains not only a historical problem, but has proven its topicality in Latvian policies today, affecting her international relations, and aspirations towards integration into the EU and NATO, as well as exerting influence on image of Latvia in the world, and – in terms of domestic affairs – on social integration issues. The publishers have planned to continue these series under a common title "Symposium of the Commission of the Historians of Latvia". The second volume is to be released after the Holocaust conference, which is going to take place in Riga on October 16 - 17, 2000. The third volume is expected to be published next year and will focus on the issue of mass deportations, the theme of the conference planned for June 2001. The conferences are prepared and organised with an active support of the Latvia's History Commission, Institute of History of Latvia at the University of Latvia and Latvian State History Archives.