Saturday, June 13, 2015

Fact of the Day: Latvia

The country of Latvia has had a tough history of independence. In 1918 they broke away from the Russian Empire. The Soviet Union occupied the country in 1940 until the Germans took over in 1941. In 1944 Soviet troops came back, and Latvia was part of the Soviet Union until 1991. 

14 comments:

Kay said...

I'd hate to be living in a country near Russia.

DEZMOND said...

I'd love to be living in a country near Russia

DEZMOND said...

why would you? That is such an ignorant thing to say. Those very Russians died in millions to free Latvians, Estonians, Lithuanians and half of Europe from the Nazis.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Thanks for sharing!

Margaret D said...

Must have been awful for the residents.

Huggybear said...

I agree - a very ignorant and stupid thing to say.
However the Latvians were far from perfect, they made excellent
SS Officers and Concentration camp guards and the others made
excellent NKVD commissars !!
Anyhow they now have their own FREE country and seem to be doing
very well, plus Riga is a very interesting capital city to visit.
Colin (Brisbane. Australia)

Christine said...

Interesting. I know some Canadian Latvians.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

I know someone who is Latvian. She was born in a displaced persons camp during WW2 amidst all that warfare and upheaval.

Pat Hatt said...

That had to suck for those there, all the flip flopping

Caro * said...

Interesting fact.
Have a great weekend ! :)

Holy Ghost Writer said...

They haven't had it easy

Kati said...

Not easy!

-Kati

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Every country should be independent.

stephen Hayes said...

I've been to Estonia, but not Latvia. It's a beautiful region and I hope independence works for them.