'Anti-Semitic' Latvian memorial blasted - Israel Jewish Scene, Ynetnews
 
ynetnews
web


   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Jewish
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Controversial Event

Latvian nationalists. 'Old-fashioned anti-Semitism' (archives) Photo: AFP
Latvian nationalists. 'Old-fashioned anti-Semitism' (archives) Photo: AFP
 
 

'Anti-Semitic' Latvian memorial blasted

Simon Wiesenthal Center calls nationalists' plan to commemorate WWII event that led to massacre of Latvian town's Jewish population 'absolutely disgusting and a terrible insult to Holocaust victims'

AFP
Published: 07.04.13, 07:36 / Israel Jewish Scene

The Simon Wiesenthal Center on Wednesday condemned plans by Latvian nationalists to mark a World War II event that led to the massacre of a town's Jewish population.

 

Efraim Zuroff, director of the Nazi-hunting center in Jerusalem, called the commemoration planned Thursday in the northern town of Limbazi "absolutely disgusting and a terrible insult to the victims of the Holocaust in Latvia."

 

Disgraceful Tribute
Latvian president defends 'Nazi' commemoration / AFP
Andris Berzins backs controversial annual parade honoring World War II Latvian Legion who fought under Nazi Germany, claims they deserve respect
Full story

On July 4, 1941 – three days after Nazi forces took control of Riga – Latvian partisans took up arms against the occupying Soviet Red Army and drove them out of Limbazi.

 

German forces then swept in, rounding up and killing all the town's Jews, or an estimated 100 people out of a total population of 2,800.

 

"This is old-fashioned anti-Semitism with a very strong nationalist flavor. You can draw a direct line from the anti-Semitism of the 1930s to this anti-Semitism today," Zuroff told AFP.

 

University of Latvia historian Agnes Bedike has said that Latvian partisans may have begun arresting Jews before the Nazis took control of the town.

 

Thursday's event is organized by nationalist groups including Visu Latvijai! (All for Latvia!), a junior partner in the Baltic state's three-party coalition government.

 

A public invitation to the ceremony says the battle "protected many townspeople from destruction so that new generations could be raised" but makes no mention of the grim fate of its Jewish residents.

 

The nationalists also organize controversial annual ceremonies in March honoring members of the Latvian Legion, two local divisions of the Waffen-SS.

 

Lativan Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkevics told AFP Wednesday that the Limbazi event was "unacceptable".

 

He said he would attend a ceremony Thursday at the Riga synagogue honoring the around 300 Jews who died inside when the Nazis set it on fire on July 4, 1941.

 

 

commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us



 
53 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load

 

RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions

 
פיקוד העורף התרעה במרחב:
    רשימת יישובים במרחב