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Tracing Your Family's Path from a Displaced Persons Camp

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., has created a searchable database of information on the Displaced Persons Camps and the people who passed through them. Earlier this year, the Holocaust Museum partnered with the Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Cleveland to digitize the UMA's extensive collection of DP Camp periodicals produced by Ukrainian refugees from 1945-51. Working with Kyiv-based Archival Data Systems, researchers have scanned more than 75,000 documents archived at the Tremont museum, creating a resource that scholars and others will now be able to access.

Officials from the Holocaust Museum unveiled the new resource and its search tools at a special presentation in Cleveland, a city that resettled thousands of displaced persons. "Solving the Mystery: Tracing Your Family's Path from a Displaced Persons Camp," was presented at the Slovenian National Home.


Andy Fedynsky, Ina Navazelskis and Diane Afoumado

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International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Since the opening of the Atrium at the Cleveland Museum of Art, the CMA has hosted International Cleveland Community Day. It's a free festival featuring more than 50 groups and organizations that present their rich diversity through music, dance, and cultural displays. The Latvian community was represented.

Latvian Community

Latvian Community reps Inara Zariš, Dzintra Kukainis and Ilze Resnis

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Latvian Cultural Garden at 2016 One World Day

The Latvian Cultural Garden and Latvian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Latvia in Parade of Flags

Latvian Garden in Parade of Flags

Latvia in Parade of Flags

Throughout the day members of the Latvian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Latvian Cultural Garden and shared Latvian culture.

Latvian Cultural Garden

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Having fun in the Latvian Garden

Having fun in the Latvian Cultural Garden on Kid's Day

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Baltic Communities remember Senator George Voinovich

Erika Puussaar, a Director of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and delegate to the Estonian Garden, told how grateful the people of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were to Senator George Voinovich for his work to get the Baltics into NATO.


Maris Mantenieks receives Freedom Award

Judge Ralph Perk Jr., Irene Morrow and Senator George Voinovich presented the American Nationalities Movement of Ohio Freedom Award to Latvian born Maris Mantenieks at the 54th annual Captive Nations Dinner in Cleveland. Mantenieks is a longtime supporter of Latvia and the other Baltic nations and was honored by the president of Latvia for his efforts to get the Baltic States into NATO.

Senator Portman Meets with Cleveland Eastern European Communities

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) traveled to Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as well as other government officials. Portman has repeatedly called for increased U.S. military assistance to Ukraine as they continue to face Russian aggression.

Senator Portman and Cleveland Eastern European leaders

Senator Portman and Cleveland Eastern European leaders

Portman also traveled to Latvia to meet with Latvian officials, U.S. troops and discuss the importance of the U.S.-Latvia relationship. Prior to his trip, Portman met with Latvian Ambassador Andris Razans to discuss recent developments in U.S.-Latvian relations.

On Friday, April 17, 2015 Senator Portman, co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, met with members of Eastern European communities in Cleveland to discuss his recent visit to Ukraine and Latvia.

More from Senator Portman's meeting at the Ukrainian Museum & Archives


Latvian Community at Opening of Ames Family Atrium

Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The Latvian Community was represented at the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012.

Anda Cook and Andreas Maskanceus visiting from Latvia

Anda Cook, Latvian Cultural Garden Delegate,
and Andreas Maskanceus visiting from Latvia

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Latvian Cultural Garden at One World Day
August 26, 2012
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Latvian Cultural Garden

Latvian Cultural Garden at One World Day

70th Anniversary of the occupation of the Baltic States
Remembrance of the victims of the initial Mass Deportation on June 13-14, 1941
Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church - June 13, 2010

Baltic States remembrance at Latvian Evangelical Church

Latvian arch sculpture in Latvian Garden (Dan Hanson photo)

Sculpture in Latvian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Latvian President Valdis and wife Lilita Zatlere
visit the Latvian Cultural Garden on 4-26-08

The Latvian community hosts One World Day
at the Latvian Cultural Garden on 9-14-08

Organizations and Resources for Latvians in Cleveland

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The Latvian Association of Cleveland

Latvian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

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Cleveland Latvians Feedback and Memories

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Latvian History and Culture

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Map of Latvia

The name "Latvia" originates from the ancient Latgalians, one of four eastern Baltic tribes that formed the ethnic core of the Latvian people (ca. 8th-12th centuries A.D.).

The region subsequently came under the control of Germans, Poles, Swedes, and finally, Russians. A Latvian republic emerged following World War I, but it was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries.

Latvia reestablished its independence in 1991 following the breakup of the Soviet Union. Although the last Russian troops left in 1994, the status of the Russian minority (some 30% of the population) remains of concern to Moscow.

Latvia joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)

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