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Ceturtdiena 17.08.2017 | Name days: Oļegs, Vineta

Latvia commemorates victims of deportations of 1941

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU2016 marks 75 years since events that took place 14 June 1941, when along with large-scale deportations of civilians in Latvia repressions were carried out against soldiers of Latvia’s army and other Latvian state officials. In total, 0.78% of Latvia’s population – more than 15,000 people – was deported in 1941.

According to information from the Centre for Documentation of the Consequences of Totalitarianism, nearly 23.5% of all deportees were farmers, 19% were school children and 13.7% were housewives. Deportations of 1941 had impacted men of 40-50, 30-40 and 50-60 age groups the most, as well as women aged 30-40. 32.3% of all deportees were under 20 and 17.4% – under 10. 7 children were born and 28 people died on the way to their new place of residence.

34% of all people deported in 1941 (4,884) died.

On 14 June 1941 at least 430 officers of Latvia’s army were deported from Litene and Ostroviesu camp. Some of them were sentenced to death on the spot.

In commemoration of the tragic events, Latvia’s National Armed Forces and Gulbene municipal government will organize events to commemorate victims of communist genocide in Gulbene and Litene.

Commemorative events in Litene will commence at 09:00 with an international conference ‘Repressions of the occupation regime against officers of Baltic armies’. The conference will be attended by lecturers from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The commemorative event at Gulbene train station will begin at 14:45. The event will continue at 16:20 near Latvian soldiers’ memorial at Litene Cemetery, where Ivars Fendbergs’ and Sandra Gribanovska’s ‘Wall of pain’ memorial ensemble was opened on 14 June 2001. Memory fire will be lit at the original Litene campsite at 18:00.

Representatives of Latvia’s armed forces will also participate in commemorative events elsewhere in Latvia – festive honour guard at the Freedom Monument will begin at 13:00.

Latvian Post has released two new post stamp blocks and a special envelope dedicated to the mass deportation of Latvian residents in 1941 and Litene tragedy.

Lithuania also plans to commemorate victims of deportations. More than 30,000 people were deported from Lithuania on 14 June 1941.

Lithuanian Seimas will hold a festive meeting dedicated to the 75th anniversary. Lithuania’s flag will be lifted over Vilnuis Independence Square. Commemorative event will be organized at the Naujoji memorial in Vilnius.

14 June is one of the most tragic days in Lithuania’s history. It is estimated that Lithuania lost approximately 800,000 residents during the years of occupation.

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