[LH] No. 6, September 2000

15.12.2015. 16:54


September, 2000 (6)


  • Conference on the Holocaust to be Held in Riga

  • Rescuer of Jews from Latvia Honoured at the U.S. Congress

  • Occupation Museum Unveils Exposition on Latvian Refugees

Conference on the Holocaust to be Held in Riga

On October 16-17, the international conference "The Issues of the Research of the Holocaust in Latvia" will be held in Riga. The conference is a part of planned activities of Latvia's History Commission, the main initiator and organiser of the event. The conference would be a further step in continuing research work and maintaining the general public interest on historical issues.

A team of historians from Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Sweden, UK and the U.S. would gather to discuss the themes ranging from the ideological and historical preconditions of the Holocaust to the psychological consequences the Holocaust has left in the consciousness of those who survived or witnessed it. The organisers hope the conference would be a success, pointing to the number of presentations to be delivered that reveal diverse aspects of the Holocaust theme investigated so far.

The participating historians will focus on examining of the Holocaust crimes committed during the World War II in the territory of Latvia, for example, Professor Norman N. Naimark (U.S.) would present a unique research entitled "The Holocaust in Latvia in Context: Problems of Comparison and Historisation", Professor Edward Anders (U.S.) has accomplished research in recovering the names of the Holocaust victims from the town of Liepaja ("Recovering the Names of Holocaust Victims From Official Records: the August, 1941, Census"), while the presentation entitled "The Diary of Shein Gram (from the village of Preili in Latvia, July-August, 1941) as a Historical and Human Document of the Epoch" presented by Latvian historian Svetlana Bogojavlenska draws parallels with the tragic fate of the Jewish girl Anne Frank.

The conference is important also from the educational aspect - besides that it will discuss the problem of teaching the history of the Holocaust in different countries, the conference materials published in a separate edition would serve as a valuable source of information for history teachers and students.

Latvia's History Commission
Dr. Elga Zalite

Adviser to the President of State on History Commission Issues
3 Pils Square, Riga, LV 1900, Latvia

Tel.: (+371) 7 092 109

Fax: (+371) 7 325 800
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Rescuer of Jews from Latvia Honoured at the U.S. Congress

September 25, Bruno Rozentals – a holder of the Three Star Order, the highest decoration of the Republic of Latvia, and a rescuer of 36 Jews during World War II - has been honoured at the U.S. Congress.

At the meeting held in memory of Raoul Wallenberg, Mr. Rozentals was welcomed by U.S. Congressman Tom Lantos, former Israeli Ambassador to Latvia Ms. Tova Herzl and Ambassador of Sweden in the U.S. Mr. Jan Eliasson. The event was attended by U.S. Congressmen, members of the diplomatic corps, as well as representatives of the U.S. Jewish organizations and researchers of the Holocaust.

Mr. Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor in the U.S. Congress, has constantly supported independence of the Baltic States during the period of Soviet occupation. Mr. Lantos visited Latvia early this year to participate in the premiere showing of Steven Spielberg's documentary "The Last Days". At the meeting Tom Lantos expressed personal cordial gratitude to Mr. Rozentals.

Ms. Tova Herzl stressed that "such deeds as performed by Mr. Rozentals should be remembered, since they are a significant part of the historical memory, as is the remembrance of the Holocaust sufferings itself".

Bruno Rozental's trip to Washington D.C. was organised by Mr. Joel Sverdlov, editor of the magazine "National Geographic" and the Embassy of Latvia in the U.S.

While in Washington, Mr. Rozentals had talks with the schoolchildren from the public as well as Latvian and Jewish community schools and journalists.

Embassy of Latvia in the U.S. 
4325 17th St., NW, Washington DC 20011
Tel: +1(202)726-8213
Fax: +1(202)726-6785
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Homepage: http://www.latvia-usa.org

Occupation Museum Unveils Exposition on Latvian Refugees

The new exposition, opened in September in the Occupation Museum in Riga, tells about the dangerous voyage of those 29 Latvian refugees who embarked the Swedish sailboat in 1948 in hope to find shelter in the United States.

The World War II brought forth the largest wave of refuge-seekers from Latvia to flee west - at first to Sweden or Germany and from there to America. One aspect of this scarcely analysed theme is now revealed through the materials collected mainly by the then-refugees themselves. The story of the refugees is as adventurous as it bears sharp imprints of the political atmosphere in Europe of the first post-war years. As illegal immigrants in America the Latvians were to experience uncertainty about their fate until they were granted American citizenship. In the debate over destiny of Latvian immigrants partook and to its positive solution contributed Mr. John F. Kennedy, then Senator from Massachusetts.

Beginning with the current exhibition "To the Unknown Shore" the Occupation Museum plans to launch a comprehensive educational programme, based on the ongoing research on the theme of refugees – forced immigrants from Latvia.

Occupation Museum of Latvia
1Strelnieku Square, LV 1050
Riga, Latvia
Tel: (+371) 7 212 715

Useful links:
All issues of the Newsletter "Latvia's History: Education, Remembrance and Research" http://www.mfa.gov.lv/epublications.htm