Jerusalem – The Simon Wiesenthal Center today protested statements made recently by Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks in praise of the Latvian SS Legions which fought alongside the forces of Nazi Germany.
In a letter sent today to Latvian Ambassador Ms. Elita Gavele, the Center expressed its shock and indignation in response to the praise heaped by Minister Pabriks upon his countrymen who joined forces with those of the Third Reich, describing those men as “the pride of the Latvian people and state.”
According to Zuroff:
“Given the fact that the Legion fought for a victory of the Third Reich, the most genocidal regime in history, and that among those serving in it were active participants in the mass murder of Latvian Jewry, as well as of German and Austrian Jews deported by the Nazis to Riga, such comments are incomprehensible, let alone deeply offensive, coming from a senior minister of a country with full membership in the European Union and NATO.”
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