|Latvia: Year of Horror||
THERE WERE TOO MANY TO BE COUNTED
THERE WERE TOO MANY TO BE COUNTED
Tailor Valdemars Janelis in private life and prisoner of the CHEKA
Whoever knew him alive would not recognize him after death. The CHEKA took care of that.
Tailor Valdemars Janelis -- victim of the CHEKA.
ALL THAT IS LEFT OF THEM
School Department Director Arnolds Cuibe
THEIR OFFENCE? -- THEIR POSITIONS THEIR GREATEST TRANSGRESSION? -- SERVING THEIR COUNTRY
Commander of the Railroad Defence Regiment Janis Ozolins.
ROW BY ROW, HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS
Smashed skulls and mutilated faces, open distorted mouths -- everything testifies to the terrible suffering that victims had to endure during the last days and hours before death.
THOSE TORTURED AND MURDERED IN THE NAME OF "EQUALITY" UNDER BOLSHEVISM
ALL THAT IS LEFT OF A PERSON
It was not possible to determine the identity of many victims
ONLY A FEW VERY LUCKY ONES WERE ABLE TO SAVE THEMSELVES FROM THE FATE OF THE REST
"Passport" of one of those arrested -- his cell I.D. card.
The text of the death sentence.
The reason for his arrest, Brokans said: "The Germans had downed 400 Bolshevik planes and will be here in two weeks."
A few days passed and Riga was liberated. However, on June 26th, Brokans received a death sentence. Only a miracle saved him.
As the German forces neared Riga, the Bolshevik terror became indescribable. Street announcements carried messages announcing arrests. When retreating from Liepaja, even while in a hurry, the Bolsheviks dealt with their prisoners.
A view of the basement in Liepaja's militia headquarters. The three persons shot to death were all members of one family. Their "offence" was that in front of their apartment a white piece of cloth had been found. The motivation for sentencing them to death: the cloth was alleged to be a signal to German planes.
"Yesterday and today for counterrevolutionary activity -- acts of subversion, terror, signalling the enemy, etc., several persons were arrested. Among them were Lukins Miervaldis, son of Janis; Rainics Nikolajs, sone of George; Kagans Jazeps, son of Abrams; Cuibe Arnolds, son of Janis, and others.
All those arrested received the death sentence and were shot. Anybody discovered supporting the enemy and betraying the motherland will receive like treatment.
I appeal to the working people of Riga to be helpful in detection of hostile elements."
The Commander of the Riga Garrison Lieutenant General Safranov 1941, June 27th
The pile of corpses in the basement of the Liepaja Militia. A hand grenade was thrown into the room and anyone still alive was shot dead.
Victims in Daugavpils
The row of persons shot in Valmiera.
THE MURDEROUS LUNACY OF THE BOLSHEVIKS RAGED THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY
The murdered residents of Jelgava. Before being shot, they were tortured and afterwards thrown onto a pile a manure.
The murdered workers of Jelgava.
While retreating from Riga before the attacking German Army, the Bolsheviks left empty bottles in the CHEKA building and a burning city which they themselves had set on fire.
The inner city of Riga at the departure of the Bolsheviks. They murdered even when fleeing. A woman murdered by the Bolsheviks lay in the street on the day Riga was liberated.
SUCH WAS THE BEGINNING ... AND THE END
TALLY SHEET FOR THE YEAR OF HORROR
All that the Latvians received from Bolshevik rule, besides promises
of "freedom, brotherhood and equality" of a happy life and a sunny future, was
ARRESTED ... DEPORTED ... KILLED ... DISAPPEARED
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