14 June 2007

The Fourteenth of June

Latvia marks the 66th anniversary of the 14 June 1941 mass deportation today. 11 598 Latvians, 1789 Jews, 761 Russians, 42 Germans and 238 others were deported. A virtual exhibition including a structural analysis and life stories is available here.

The photograph of last year's memorial service in Daugavpils is from Latgales Laiks.

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6 Comments:

Blogger J. Otto Pohl said...

This is a nice little summary. I am curious about the numbers. Are they compilations of known victims? Because the Soviet documents I have seen put the number of deportees slightly higher. The NKVD counts I have seen put the number of people deported from Latvia on 14 June 1941 at around 17,000. The difference is not much, but I was wondering what accounted for it.

I especially like the site you linked to in this post. I have linked to your post today. I hope that this will make up somewhat for my inability to put up a new one of my own on the subject.

14 June, 2007 19:04  
Blogger jams o donnell said...

Thanks Peteris, I was not aware of this deportation although as ever not surprised

14 June, 2007 23:16  
Blogger Pēteris Cedriņš said...

Thanks for your comments.

J. Otto, I'm basing my numbers on the structural analysis from the Centre for Documenting the Consequences of Totalitarianism, which can be found here. It gives a total of 14 428 persons deported "from 1941 until the end of the war." I had a post on Priboi that links to material in English on the 1949 deportations, but the analysis for 1941 doesn't seem to be online in translation.

You and Jams might be interested in an Estonian site called "No people, no problems," which link I got from De rebis antiquis et novis...

Regards,
/Pēteris

15 June, 2007 07:05  
Blogger J. Otto Pohl said...

Peteris:

Thanks for the response. Unfortunately, all my books are packed and I do not have the time to analyze the difference in the numbers. But, I have noticed that a lot of NKVD documentation is inconsistent. They revised the numbers upward with subsequent reports. Usually the numbers are close, but getting an authoritative exact figure is often impossible. I did a detailed post on this problem regarding the deportation of the Russian-Germans back in September.

I have seen the Estonian site. I linked to it last year for the 65th anniversary of the deportations. It is a very good source.

15 June, 2007 07:40  
Blogger J. Otto Pohl said...

Sorry, the article on the Russian-Germans I referred to was posted 16 August 2006 not in September.

15 June, 2007 07:42  
Blogger jams o donnell said...

Thanks for the links Peteris

16 June, 2007 12:31  

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