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Latvian Exhibit on Display
In Wisconsin Capitol
MAILED: Aug. 28, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — A traveling exhibit created by a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire faculty member to tell the story of Latvia’s 50-year occupation by the Soviets and Nazis will open at noon Sept. 7 in the rotunda of Wisconsin’s Capitol in Madison.
The traveling exhibit, titled “Latvia returns to the Free World,” will be on display Sept. 7-14. It can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends.
The exhibit, created by Dr. Paulis Lazda, professor of history at UW-Eau Claire, has been displayed in 15 European capitals and major cities in the last three years. It most recently was displayed at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., and in Minnesota’s state Capitol in St. Paul.
In 1998, the Latvian government asked the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia to create a traveling exhibit of Latvia’s recent history for a presentation to the European Parliament in Brussels. The exhibit reveals the aggression and terror committed by both totalitarian powers, resulting in the loss of population, the destruction of Latvia’s culture, the collaboration, suffering and the survival, its creators say.
The general purpose of the exhibit is to re-introduce Latvia to the Western nations after an absence of a half-century, Lazda said.
“For much of the world, occupied Latvia and its neighbors Estonia and Lithuania fell into a memory hole,” Lazda said. “They disappeared from history books, contemporary maps and from our consciousness.”
For more information, contact Lazda at (715) 836-4735.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Aug. 28, 2002