DAUGAVPILS - The well-known Latvian writer Janis Rokpelnis wrote a poem about the painterMark Rothko in which he wryly quoted what many sources on the artist say "born in Russia." Marcus Rothkowitz, who by the late 1950s had become famous in America asMark Rothko, was born on Sept. 25, 1903, in Dvinsk, now known as Daugavpils,Latvia's second largest city. Back then Daugavpils was part of the czaristRussian empire and was located in the Pale of Settlement the part of theempire where Jews were allowed to live.Before World War I, close to half of the city's residents were Jewish. Therewere ...
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