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Elīna Jātniece | Photo: Körber-Stiftung
Elīna Jātniece | Photo: Körber-Stiftung

Latvian Example of Historical Research

Elīna wanted to learn more about the history of her family and how different ruling powers affected the life stories of her family members. She was surprised about the number of documents available in the archive regarding her great-grandfather. He had been interrogated by the Cheka, the Soviet Secret Service. Take a look at what Elīna said in her competition entry.

Latvian Award Ceremony
Latvian Award Ceremony | Photo: The Chancery of the President of Latvia

President of Latvia Opens Award Ceremony in Riga

On 21 May 2016, the President of Latvia, Raimonds Vējonis, opened the EUSTORY award ceremony in the “Riga Latvian Society House”. He expressed his gratitude saying: "The time in which we live affects our options and choices, but it also determines our responsibility for our land and country. Without knowledge of history and respect for it, there is no future. Looking at you, competition winners, I am proud and I know that Latvia is in safe hands."

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Latvian Award Ceremony at the House of the Riga Latvian Society | Photo: The Chancery of the President of Latvia
Latvian Award Ceremony at the House of the Riga Latvian Society | Photo: The Chancery of the President of Latvia

Latvian President Awarded Prize Winners in Riga

On 23 of May 2015 the State President of Latvia, Andris Bērziņš, awarded the winners and their tutors of the Latvian History Competition “History around us” in the grand House of the Riga Latvian Society. More than 200 students as well as their relatives and teachers from all over Latvia came to Riga to take part in this magnificent event. The topic of this year’s competition round was “Artifacts as a Source of History”.

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President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš with finalists and their teachers | Photo: Toms Kalniņš
President of Latvia Andris Bērziņš with finalists and their teachers | Photo: Toms Kalniņš

Latvian President Awards Prize Winners in Riga

“Hopefully I’m speaking here in front of many future history teachers,” Latvian President Andris Bērziņš concluded his speech during the award ceremony of the Latvian EUSTORY Competition in Riga on May, 24th. It was the second opportunity that President Bērziņš used to underline the importance of history and a European perspective on the past for his home country after his speech in connection with the reception for the EUSTORY Network during the Annual Network Meeting in Riga in 2013.

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