Saturday, March 28, 2015

'The Latvian Tragedy, 1941' Exhibition in Ballinasloe Library

On Tuesday March 31st at 6.00pm His Excellency Dr. Gints Apals will launch an exhibition entitled 'The Latvian Tragedy, 1941' , as part of the Latvian Presidency of the European Union.

The exhibition was prepared by Museum of the Occupation of Latvia in collaboration with the Museum "Jews in Latvia". Latvia, along with Estonia and Lithuania, had the terrible misfortune of experiencing two occupations in 1941. Each regime, while their ideological facades may have differed, committed political repressions, grave acts of persecution and genocidal atrocities.

The occupying power of the Soviet Union repressed and killed the citizens of Latvia and on June 14, 1941, sent approximately 15000 people to Siberia. Less than two weeks later, Nazi Germany occupied Latvia and subsequently destroyed almost entirely the Latvian Jewish community, murdering approximately 70,000 innocent people in that one year.

The exhibition will be on display until April 20th and all are welcome to the launch.  Mayor of Galway, Councillor Mary Hoade will be in attendance and refreshments will be served.

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