• Divided Nation: Latvian Soldiers Under Hitler and Stalin

    Harry Merritt, Brown University

    Monday, March 25th
    12:15-1:15 pm
    Fisk 302

    *pizza lunch will be provided*

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    Latvia, located in the territories carved up by Hitler and Stalin in 1939, was occupied in succession by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany during World War II. Soldiers from Latvia fought on both sides of the Eastern Front--in Soviet and German uniform. But on each side, these soldiers served in national Latvian units and they imagined their mission as one of national defense or liberation, even as they occasionally fought directly against one another. This talk will explore the history of these military units during the war, along with how divided memories of them continue to fuel controversy, most notably in media campaigns waged between Russia and Latvia.

    Generously co-sponsored by the Albritton Center for Public Life and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies Program.