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  • 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 ▸

  • Jewish Hospitals Lead Way in Effort by U.S. and Latvia

    In a partnership first lay Hillary Rodham Clinton said should bring “great pride to Americans and Latvians,” the Jewish hospital in Riga, Latvia, along with two other local hospitals, has formally agreed to cooperate with three medical facilities in St. Louis. Under the agreement, which comes partially as a result of efforts by American Jewish… More ▸

  • Riga’s Jewish Community Rocked by Bomb Explosion

    One day before Riga’s Jewish community celebrated the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II and the Holocaust, a bomber planted explosives at the Latvian city’s sole remaining synagogue. The bomb exploded at 4 a.m. local time in the early hours of the Sabbath day, shattering the Peitavas Synagogue’s glass windows and light… More ▸

  • Computer Network Links Latvian Jews to a Wider World of Jewish Information

    When Dina Belman, a high school student at the Simon Dubnow School in Riga, was interested in finding out about the history of the Holocaust in Latvia, she turned to her computer. Using telephone lines hooked up to the computer, she was able to connect to the Dis- tance Learning Network, a recently created Jewish… More ▸

  • Latvia Leader Honors Ss Legion in 50th Anniversary Ceremonies

    A Simon Wiesenthal Center official has sent a letter to Latvian President Anatolijs Gorbunovs protesting his participation in ceremonies this week marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Latvian SS Legion. These included a wreath-laying ceremony Tuesday at the Freedom Monument in central Riga and a moment of silence in Parliament. The Latvian… More ▸

  • Latvian Pro-nazi Gives Up Citizenship in Exchange for Deportation Reprieve

    A wartime member of a pro-Nazi killing squad in Latvia who had been slated for denaturalization proceedings has agreed to give up his U.S. citizenship. In exchange, the U.S. government has agreed not to pursue deportation efforts against Mikelis Kirsteins, 74, of Utica, N.Y., who has admitted to serving during World War II as a… More ▸

  • Latvian Airline to Carry Olim

    The Jewish Agency signed an agreement Wednesday with the Latvian airline Latpas to carry immigrants from the Baltic states directly to Israel. Latpas has been running charter flights from Riga to Tel Aviv since March but was limited to regular passengers. Now it will reserve seats for immigrants booked by the Jewish Agency. Olim from… More ▸

  • El Al to Begin Direct Flights for Olim from Russia and Latvia

    El Al is planning to begin direct flights to Israel for emigres from Russia and Latvia on Dec. 1, airline President Rafi Harlev announced here Wednesday. He said an agreement on weekly flights from Riga and St. Petersburg — formerly Leningrad–is expected within a matter of days. “The Soviet Foreign Ministry has decided not to… More ▸