BiographiesBaltic History as the Lives of Individuals

The history of Latvia and the Baltics is usually taught as a compendium of the histories of the foreign powers which conquered the Baltic territories over the centuries, WWII as seen through the narrative of the Holocaust, and little else. We offer a window into that history via the stories of pivotal individuals.

  • Biographies, INTRODUCTION
  • Next Frīdrihs Briedis One of Latvia's most stellar early military leaders, first to join the Latvian Riflemen. Briedis eventually opposed the Bolsheviks, who murdered him in 1918. (BOOK)
  • Anatols Dinbergs Keeper of Latvia's sovereign continuity throughout the Soviet era and the USSR's occupation of Latvia until the restoration of independence and Latvia's first ambassador to the United States and subsequently to the United Nations.
  • Vilhelms Munters Latvia's last foreign minister during its first independence, from July 1936 to Soviet occupation, June 1940.

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