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Jānis Razgals

By icmonster  
“My mother gave birth to me in a field. When the Germans arrived in 1941 they
were respected by everyone as they were more cultured and dressed well and always
brought chocolate for the children My father was forcibly conscripted by the Nazi’s and
was captured by the Red Army after the German defeat in the Courland Peninsula. From
here he was brought to Pecli and marched to Skrunda where he was put on a train and
sent to work in the gold mines of Russia, he didn’t return home until 1955”.


Jānis family originally came from Latgale and the house he now lives in was once owned
by Germans. He is a qualified mechanic and during his time in the army worked as a
chauffeur and from time to time would drive officer’s wives to the beach. He is very much
interested in history and hanging on his wall is a number of portraits of historic people.
It’s not that he admires them it’s just they all played a part in shaping Latvian history.

“After the war the Russians took almost everything and we had very little food. My
mother worked on the kolkhozy (Collective farm) where she milked cows. From time to
time we were able to get milk and this was a big bonus. My school was seven kilometres
away and I used to walk through the woods to get there. In winter we used candles to
light our way and when we arrived our faces would be black. There were five students in
my class”.


Tags: People Latvia Portraits and people

Voters: Paul Morgan, Eastlands, Ian-Jones and 10 more

Comments


Philip_H 10 1.5k United Kingdom
11 Oct 2014 6:36PM
A moving portrait and a very interesting narrative to accompany it.

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Daisymaye Plus
13 23 20 Canada
11 Oct 2014 9:20PM
He does look a man of great strength and courage. A wonderful image and very moving write up.
fazzer 12 54 7 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2014 11:07AM
Superb
15 Jan 2016 11:54AM
Excellent portrait and account. Put it all in a book

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