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  • Latvian President, Legislators Battle over Holocaust Remark

    The battle between Latvia’s president and the country’s Parliament over participation in the Holocaust is showing no signs of slowing down. On the eve of a scheduled visit to Israel next week, Latvian President Guntis Ulmanis has sent a letter to the Baltic nation’s Parliament urging lawmakers to admit that Latvians participated in the Holocaust…. More ▸

  • Vandals Hit Latvian Synagogue

    Vandals have painted a swastika and anti-Semitic slogans on a synagogue in the Latvian capital of Riga. The desecration last Friday came after a neo-Nazi group known as Lightning and Cross distributed leaflets in Riga calling Jews and Russians enemies of the Latvian people. The slogans in the leaflets were the same as those painted… More ▸

  • Anti-semitic History Book Remains in Latvian Schools

    Latvia has agreed to halt distribution of a controversial history book, but human rights activists are questioning the sincerity of the move. In response to a campaign led by the Washington-based Union of Councils for Soviet Jews and local activists, which had demanded that Janis Karklins’ “Latvian Eulenspiegel” be withdrawn from schools, the Latvian president’s… More ▸

  • Swiss Holocaust Fund Checks Delivered to Latvian Survivors

    Some of the recipients were less than enthusiastic. “The sum is insulting,” said 75-year-old Yevgenia Barowska. “It should be a monthly pension.” Barowska was among the 82 Latvian Holocaust survivors who received the first checks from a Swiss fund for needy survivors. While she criticized the checks for $400 distributed at a ceremony Tuesday in… More ▸

  • Holocaust Survivors in Latvia to Get First Swiss Fund Checks

    A 75-year-old Latvian Jew who narrowly escaped death by fleeing a Nazi labor camp will be the first Holocaust survivor to receive payment from a Swiss fund created earlier this year. Riva Sefere’s receipt of a $400 check at a ceremony scheduled for Nov. 18 in the Latvian capital of Riga will end months of… More ▸

  • Wiesenthal Center Urges Latvia, Australia to Indict War Criminals

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center believes that 64 suspected Latvian war criminals are living in Australia and has called on the Australian government to take action against them. The center’s Israel director, Efraim Zuroff, gave the Australian ambassador to Israel the list of names and urged Australia to investigate the cases quickly. Zuroff called on Australia… More ▸

  • Latvia Reverses Stance with New Probe of Suspected Nazi

    Latvian officials are not yet ready to end their investigation of a suspected Nazi war criminal living in Australia. The Latvian Prosecutor General’s Office last week announced that it would launch a new investigation of Konrad Kalejs in order to discover “the actual circumstances of the case.” The office also sent letters to the justice… More ▸

  • Latvia Finds No Evidence in Case Against Suspected War Criminal

    Latvia has found no evidence to support allegations against a suspected Nazi war criminal now living in Australia. Konrad Kalejs, 84, is alleged to have been a member of the mobile killing squad known as the Arajs Kommando, or Latvian Auxiliary Security Police, that collaborated with the Nazi SS during World War II. Kalejs is… More ▸

  • Book Used in Latvian Schools Demeans Jews, Russians, Poles

    Jewish and human rights activists in Latvia have demanded that the country’s Education Ministry withdraw from schools a history textbook that they charge contains statements insulting to the Baltic nation’s minorities. “Latvian Eulenspiegel,” a reference to a popular character of German and Latvian folklore, contains disparaging references to Jews, who are referred to as “zids,”… More ▸