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World War II bunker unearthed in Kurzeme forest
Finding traces of armed conflct from the past is fairly common in Latvia's extensive forests, but the discovery of a World War Two bunker near Brocēni in Kurzeme region has surprised foresters and historians alike due to its unusually good state of preservation.
How foreign media reported on the Barricades in Latvia
In January 1991, when the Baltic states were caught in crossfire between the Soviet Union and the independence fighters, a crucial role was played by foreign media. LSM spoke to some of the media representatives at the time who helped foreign journalists acquire the information.
The Barricades through the eyes of a teenager
In January 1991, people took to the streets of Baltic capitals and erected makeshift barricades around strategic locations to defend them against Soviet troops wanting to crush the Baltic nations' independence drive. 
Rumbula commemoration to take place in private this year
30 November marks the 79th anniversary of the biggest mass murder of civilians in the history of Latvia when thousands of Latvian Jews were killed in the Rumbula forest near Riga in a two-day Holocaust atrocity of unimaginable brutality.
Test yourself on Lāčplēsis Day history
Lāčplēsis Day is the day upon which Latvia's soldiers are honored, and though it coincides with the day upon which the end of the First World War is commemorated in many other countries, the Latvian events are subtly different, officially marking the day in 1919 when a crucial victory against allied German and White Russian forces was won in the fledgling republic, which had declared independence a year earlier.
Why did Latvians choose German surnames?
Kalniņš, from the Latvian for mountain, then Bergs, from the German for mountain, followed by Kalniņš again – that's a plausible progression of surnames in a Latvian family history, given that many people retain surnames with Teutonic roots. Why and how did Latvians assume German surnames? Demographer Ilmārs Mežs and Imants Cīrulis of the Latvian National History Museum explain this peculiar trend in Latvian history in an interview with Latvian Radio's The Known in the Unknown program.
Architectural History: the Hansa Platform
The magic of Latvian architectural heritage is hidden in its diversity. Not necessarily are buildings restored to their original appearance: they are adapted to new functions, economic and environmental aspects. One such building is the Hansa Platform (Hanzas perons) in Riga. 
Why Lenin rings a bell in Liepāja
On August 23, 1991, on the anniversary of the signing of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact (1939), the Liepāja section of the Latvian Popular Front held a picket at the USSR's War Fleet Officers' House. That same day, the nation toppled Lenin's monument. Later, the bronze leader was remade into bells, all the funds derived from their sale donated to charity.
The Baltic Way: 31 years later
August 23, 2020 marks 31 years since the historical Baltic Way, also known as the Baltic chain - a human chain weaving through all three Baltic States August 23, 1989.
Architectural history: the Ērmaņi Manor
There are not many manor houses in Latvia whose renovation and restoration works take place patiently, at a slow pace, in a deliberately long and thoroughly planned manner. One such manor lies in Maliena, Vidzeme — the Ērmaņi Manor (Hermannshof) master’s house.
Medieval Valmiera Castle ruins to rise again
This summer Valmiera castle ruins are surrounded by construction noises. The restoration of historic walls, as well as the oldest pharmacy in the Baltic have started here, Vidzeme Television reported August 13 .
Architectural history: Dailes Theater
The building of Dailes Theater in Rīga is a monumental example of modernism in architecture. Through changes of powers in force, the contrast of fluttering theater art and architectural boldness have remained the same.

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