A present trapped by the past

  • 1999-02-25
  • Atis Lejins
Last year's March 16 demonstration by veterans of the Latvian Waffen SS Legion provoked an outcry abroad and soul-searching at home. Parliament subsequently declared the day one to honor all World War II veterans. Atis Lejins, director of Latvia's Institute of Foreign Affairs, reveals some of the painful complexities surrounding this issue.As March 16 approaches, political acrimony is rising again and there are fears about national security. Is this an atmosphere in which to remember our soldiers? Is this the way we celebrate Lacplesis Day, our second (or first?) memorial day for soldiers?...
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