Latvian officials mark Holocaust remembrance day

Latvian State President Egils Levits is in Poland January 27 and 28 to join in with international commemorations of the day 75 years ago when the Nazi-run Auschwitz death camp was liberated by the Allies.

Levits posted a message to Twitter in English expressing his feelings on the occasion.

There is an online gallery recording President Levits' participation at the Auschwitz memorial ceremony.  

Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs also noted the significance of the day.

As recently reported by LSM, Rinkēvičs recently spoke about the dangers of forgetting and distorting the history of the Holocaust and the Second World War.

Latvia became a member of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) in 2004.

An account of how the extermination of the great majority of Latvian Jews was carried out is available online from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

We also strongly recommend the virtual exhibition of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia which provides a detailed and thought-provoking explanation of what happened in those dark days including the liquidation of the Rīga ghetto and details of the Nazi camps located on Latvian soil.

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