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In Riga celebrate Memorial Day of Waffen SS legionaries

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Date: 2014-03-16 15:10:51
Place: Riga, Latvia
Duration: 2:6

Event description

March 16 in Latvia – a sharp political date, which every year provoke very contradictory attitudes. On this day in 1943, two Latvian Waffen SS Divisions took the fight with the Red Army near Leningrad. This date is considered to be the foundation of the Legion, and legionnaires - fighters for freedom and independence from the bolsheviks. Multiple anti-fascist organizations in Latvia and in the world condemn the annual commemorative events in honor of the soldiers of the 15th and 19th SS divisions. 

Interview

Janis Tupeysh
01:21-01:38(lv) I was raised by former legionnaires, sang songs with them. They defended the land, fought for it. I think every nation need to be respectful to his soldiers.

Efraim Zuroff
director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center
01:38-02:06(en) This is a wrong show, at a wrong address. Another words. These people where for the long side of nazi germany, for the victory of third Reich, should not be the heros of democratic Latvia. And they should not be patriotised as freedom fighters, when Germany had no attention to give the Baltics independence. The only reason today there is a democratic Latvia is because nazi Germany lost the war.


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