Just days before his 85th birthday, former Popular Front leader Mavrik Vulfsons sat down with Steven C. Johnson to cast a backward glance over his fascinating life. In many ways, Mavrik Vulfsons' life mirrors that of Latvia. Born in Riga in 1918, the year in which the first Latvian republic was founded, he lost friends and family in the Holocaust and joined the Red Army to fight the Nazis.Later, when he began to lose faith in the Soviets, he joined the Latvian independence movement and was the first to reveal the existence of the Hitler-Stalin pact that gave the Baltic states to the Soviet ...
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