Latvian Legion in The Light of Truth

Latvian Legion


Myth: Latvian legionnaires participated in murders of Jews and are guilty of Holocaust crimes

Fact: The formation of the Latvian legion began in March of 1943, when the Nazis had already eradicated nearly all of the Latvian Jewish population, therefore the participation of the Latvian legion in the Holocaust was impossible as such. All young Latvian men fit for service were recruited to the legion. Claiming that all men of a certain age are murderers contradicts common sense.

Myth: Latvian legionnaires supported Hitler

Fact: Latvian Legionnaires fought the front lines against the Red Army. Considering the crimes committed by the Nazis in Latvia, it is safe to assume that Latvian legionnaires were opposed to both Hitler and Stalin.

Myth: Latvian legionnaires were Nazis

Fact: Only ethnic Germans could become members of the Nazi Party. The Latvian legionnaires prosecuted by the German war tribunal were imprisoned in the same Salaspils concentration camp that was used to hold Jews during the Holocaust in the first years of the German occupation.

Myth: On 16 March, Nazism is being resurrected, people glorify Hitler and neo-Nazis march in the streets of Riga

Fact: On 16 March, the old Latvian Legion soldiers and their supporters march with Latvian flags to the Freedom Monument to honour the fallen soldiers who gave their lives to protect Latvia from the Soviet occupation and communism.

Myth: On 16 March, anti-fascists protest the glorification of Nazism

Fact: The activities of Latvian Anti-Fascist Committee and Anti-Nazism Union are supported by World Without Nazism – a movement sponsored by the Russian Federation and involved in the information war against the Baltic states. The leader of so called anti-fascist organizations of Latvia, Russian-speaking Josifs Korens is under the observation of Latvian Security Police as an agent of Russia’s compatriot policy. Criminal proceedings have been initiated against the active legionnaire slanderer Vladimirs Lindermans for attempting to recruit people to the Ukrainian separatist cause. Tatjana Ždanoka, a former member of the Communist party, actively fought against Latvian Independence from the USSR occupation in the late 1980s. For 16th March 2015, Russia’s Compatriot fund had allocated EUR 25 000 to cultivate the myth of resurrection of nazism in Latvia.

Documentary “Latvian Legion” (2000)

The Saeima Declaration on Latvian Legionnaires in World War II (1998)