most of Latvians actually tried to saved Jews during WW2 - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Jānis Irbe
    • 27.07.13 | 03:46 (IDT)

    I firmly believe our president was apparently willing not reluctant to attend. Please be so kind and provide details on which Israeli officials said earlier what or recall this message if you can't. Many Latvians tried to save Jews during WW2 (the fact I'm proud of being Latvian) and few contributed to killing (the fact that I'm ashamed of). Still our peaceful nation wasn't standing clearly on any side of occupants-liberators (switching their roles) except when being forced to or threatened with death (of oneself or the beloved). Since tripple occupation (1940 Soviets with first repressions, then 1941 Nazi, then 1945 Soviets again) and 50 years being forced to be part of communist's regime country have made deep cuts in our nation we are still recovering from. Please respect that and not to make buzz based on speculations what our president may have had in mind when he actually hadn't. Israeli country ambassador in Latvia already have apologised for your apparent mistake and I thank her for that. My personal condolences goes to all victims of WW2 including both of my grandfathers which I haven't had a chance to see alive - both died from communists hands in 1940, before WW2 even started. What was done to your people afterwards in all Europe is out of any reason. I pray for being able to forgive my enemies and for this burden to go away forever. I wish you the same. Only we can deal with the pain that is ours. Nobody else.

    from the article: Latvian president succumbs to pressure, will join Peres at Holocaust memorial
    First published 15:30 25.07.13 | Last updated 15:30 25.07.13
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