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Ukrainian and English in Latvia
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0696  Wednesday, 13 April 2005

From:           SL Kasten <
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Date:           Wednesday, 13 Apr 2005 09:13:59 +0200
Subject: 16.0688 Ukrainian and English in Latvia
Comment:        Re: SHK 16.0688 Ukrainian and English in Latvia

Larry Weiss writes,

 >If he left in 1940, it was the Bolsheviks, not the Nazis, he was running
 >from.

In Sept. 1939 Hitler indeed allowed Russia to occupy the independent
Baltic states as well as the Eastern half of Poland.   I have friends
who by virtue of foresight, based on previously stated attitudes
emanating from Nazi Germany and an estimation of the relative power of
Russia and Germany, and with the means to act on that foresight, got as
far from Germany as possible, weathering the war in Uzbekistan.  Thus
"the Bolshies" were not the problem, but the means of escape.  This of
course worked if you were a Jew.  If you were a political person the
Russians deported you to Siberia or as Churchill put it "a more distant
place."

 >Was this when the Nazis entered in 1941-42?

By this time it was too late.  The fate of Latvian Jewry along with the
Lithuanians who had fled northward was sealed and well documented.  For
the anti-communists it was too late in any case.

Without contradicting Terence Hawkes comments on lively discussion, I
would like to comment that John Velz is an unworthy object of sarcasm.
Velz has always been a kind gentlemanly and instructive and generally
valuable element on this list.  Shame on you, Larry!

I think Weiss has promise, but he should make a deeper study of the wit
of T. Hawkes, who, I think, must throw away much more than he uses.

Best wishes,
Syd Kasten

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