LATVIA - Commemoration March Honors Nazi Collaborators

Arno Froese

For the 19th year in a row, about 1,000 people took part in a march commemorating Latvian Legion, who were Nazi collaborators that volunteered with the SS-Waffen brigade during World War II, in the country’s capital Riga.

Veterans taking part in the march were supported by a large group of people holding Latvian flags, flowers and signs, while some also wore military uniforms sporting swastikas and Nazi SS insignia.

Some 140,000 people volunteered or were forcefully drafted into the Latvian Legion during the Second World War. The Legion denies it was involved in any Jewish massacres during the Holocaust, however, this claim is contrary to evidence that has been found.

In 2017, European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor slammed the commemoration march. “The inaction of Latvian authorities in this case is both bewildering and alarming... Peace in Europe and the education of future generations are not possible to ensure without openly condemning the glorification of Nazism.”

“Indulging neo-Nazis could lead to a chain reaction of socially dangerous processes among increasing numbers of people in Europe,” he said at the time.

In 2012, the Council of Europe’s Commission against Racism and Intolerance published its report on Latvia (fourth monitoring cycle), in which it condemned commemorations of persons who fought in the Waffen SS and collaborated with the Nazis.

The ECRI expressed concerns as regards to the authorization of a gathering, commemorating soldiers who had fought in a Latvian unit of the Waffen SS, that takes place every year on 16 March and is held in the center of Riga, and expressed dismay at the authorization by the competent courts of an event set to celebrate the Nazi occupation of Riga., 16 March 2019

Arno's commentary

Antisemitism is buried deep in the heart of people the world over. Why? Because the god of this world is vehemently opposed to the Jewish people. It is not without reason that Jesus Himself stated, “Salvation is of the Jews.” That, according to the great dragon, must be extinguished.

But there is another reason, and almost more alarming; namely, that these commemorating marches are taking place after the USSR defeated Nazism almost 75 years ago. Those participating in these popular marches, are children and grandchildren of those who perpetrated crimes against the Jewish people.

This nation, with a population of barely 2 million, is 20% Lutheran, 15% Orthodox, and about 64% unspecified—that means atheist. Furthermore, to participate in commemorating the Latvian Legion, means that these grandchildren and children have been educated in detail to publically demonstrate their allegiance to Nazi Germany.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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