'Cukurs question requires serious research'

  • 2005-06-01
  • Interview by Aaron Eglitis
Latvia's Jewish community is beside itself. Shocked by the ultra-right's attempt to rehabilitate Herberts Cukurs, a pre-war pilot who joined the infamous Arajs Kommando that killed tens of thousands of Jews during the war, community leaders protested. They asked Aleksandrs Kirsteins, head of the Parliament's foreign affairs committee, to stop shielding these efforts, to which Kirsteins responded by telling Latvia's Jews not to behave as they did in 1940 when they welcomed the country's enemies. He also said Latvia's Jews would best purge their own ranks of former KGB agents. Though Kirstein...
 
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