Occupation Museum exhibit tours United Kingdom

An exhibit that tells the story of Latvia under Nazi and Soviet occupation is touring the United Kingdom, according to the Latvian Foreign Ministry.

“Latvia Returns to Europe,” the exhibit created by the Occupation Museum of Latvia, was unveiled Nov. 4 in the Parliament building in London. The tour is sponsored by the Latvian Embassy in London and the Latvian National Council in Great Britain.

Speakers at a Nov. 5 presentation of the exhibit in Parliament included British Member of Parliament Nick Hawkins; Jānis Dripe, Latvia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom; Paulis Lazda, director of the Occupation Museum, and Andrejs Ozoliņš, head of the Latvian National Council in Great Britain.

After Parliament, the exhibit moves to Marylebone Library in London, where it will be available from Nov. 12-22.

The exhibit also is on display in Cardiff and Edinburgh and is planned for Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds and Liverpool, among other U.K. cities.

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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