Museum of the Occupation,
Museum of the Occupation, Riga Reviews
The Museum of Latvian Occupation.. A story that must be told.. Jun 19, 2014
The rather bleak, bunker style building just next to the House of the Blackheads hosts the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia.
Admission is free, though a donation is appreciated, and photography is three euros.
The museum tells the story of the Latvian people through 50 years of occupation, from 1930 to 1991.
Latvia, taking advantage of the turmoil of the Russian Revolution, broke away from the soviet union in the early years of the 20th century to become a self governing country in its own right.
This was not destined to last for long however as the Hitler-Stalin pact resulted in Russia annexing Latvia in 1940.
A year later Germany invaded the country. To Latvians, after the oppression of the soviet union, this was seen initially as a good thing. But with the Nazi regieme came the mass executions of jews and 'undesirables' to Latvia.
Poor old country..
Then the tide turned in the second world war and the allies realised that they would win. A conference was held at Yalta in the Crimea in Feb 1945 to discuss the future of the post war europe.
Stalin, Roosevelt and Churchill were there.. and Stalin argued that the Baltics belonged historically to Russia, despite being independent countries in the inter-war years. To their shame, USA and UK capitulated.. with devastating consequences to the people of the Baltic states..
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