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Latvia: The President called to pay tribute to former SS

Latvian President Andris Berzins urged his countrymen to honor the Latvian SS veterans, reported the national TV channel LNT on Tuesday.

“In 1944, the German army was necessarily involved many Latvians. In 1950, the U.S. agreed that Latvian legionnaires had not committed war crimes (…). Treat criminals defies common sense, should rather honor them, “said the Latvian head of State in an interview.

Parades of former members of the Latvian Legion of the Waffen SS in Latvia are held every year on March 16, causing the indignation of the international anti-fascist organizations. According M.Berzins, this tradition “should not be ignored”, many Latvians who sacrificed their lives for their country during the war.

The Latvian Legion was created by the German high command during World War II. In March 1943 the Latvian SS for the first time faced the Red Army in the Pskov region (northwest).

In total, more than 150,000 Latvians were enrolled in the Wehrmacht during the war.

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