Book examines 1960s propaganda pamphlet

A Soviet propaganda pamphlet about the Latvian war veterans’ group Daugavas Vanagi, which reportedly led Western investigators to pursue war crimes charges against many individuals, is the topic of a new book by historian Andrievs Ezergailis.

The new book, Nazi/Soviet Disinformation About the Holocaust in Nazi-Occupied Latvia: “Daugavas Vanagi: Who Are They?” Revisited, was scheduled to be unveiled during an Oct. 27 ceremony at the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia in downtown Rīga, according to a museum press release.

The propaganda pamphlet Daugavas Vanagi: Who Are They? was the 1963 English translation of a Latvian-language work released in 1962. Ezergailis has previously written that the pamphlet “became a kind of a handbook for war-crimes prosecutory offices in West Germany, the United States, Great Britain, Canada and Australia.”

The book, which costs LVL 8, is published by the Occupation Museum Fund. A total of 1,000 copies were printed, said Zanda Dūma, the museum’s public affairs coordinator.

Ezergailis, a professor emeritus of history at New York’s Ithaca College, is the author of a number of books, including The Holocaust in Latvia, 1941-1944 : The Missing Center, released in 1996, and Stockholm Documents: The German Occupation of Latvia, released in 2002.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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