Baigais Gads – “The Ghastly Year”

WARNING: This post contains pictures of torture.

“Baigais Gads”: “Latvia – Year of Horror”

It all started in the summer of 1940 when the Soviets arrived in Latvia to take over the government. Little did the Latvians realize what was in store for them. Extra-judicial detentions, torture, mutilation of prisoners, painful death in a detention center of the NKVD (the secret police of the communists). NKVD was also known as the Cheka and was led by Jews. Two-thirds of the Kiev Cheka were Jewish for instance. One of the heads of the Cheka was a Jew, Bela Kun (Cohen).

The Soviets held their fake elections, a farce, in which only communists could be elected. The fear started to grow. People started disappearing. Many arbitrary detentions. Darkness grew over the once-peaceful nation.

The killings increased. To increase their control of Latvia, the Soviet Government had a policy of destroying the ethnic majority. They did this by deporting many Latvians to other areas. Suddenly, people were told to pack and get onto cattle trucks or cattle rail carriages. They were going to be resettled in Siberia more than a thousand miles away.  The people were purposefully packed into these transports without any food or water by the government knowing that many would die on the journey, which would take weeks.

This was killing by stealth. Their hands could look cleaner than if they voiced their hatred and murderous intent out loud and executed people whole sale in execution squares.

They made rules more repressive, even bordering on the trivial.

The oppression grew. The sadistic natures of the resentful anti-gentile government, dominated by Jews noticeably, became apparent. However, no one was allowed to mention the word “jew” out aloud, in public, or among people one didn’t know. The informers were everywhere. “Antisemitism”, which essentially boiled down to criticism of the Jews, individual Jews, Jews in government or even just grumbling about how the Jews colluded with each other and showed tribal solidarity – anything negative about Jews, regardless of whether it was true or not, was deemed a crime against the state and punishable with death.

In this way, through the laws that showed who you could criticize and whom you could not, people were made aware who was boss, who controlled the government, who ruled over them.

In 1942, after the Soviets melted away, upon hearing the Germans approaching Latvia, leaving a trail of carnage behind them, even on the last day of occupation, the residents of Latvia, the majority of whom welcomed the Nazis and considered them liberators, felt free to write about what had happened.

The communist massacre of the Latvians is unique in that this one was well-documented, mostly in the form of photographs. Authors, who had experienced all of the upheavals, collected these photos and wrote an essay about that horrible year. The product of that is “Baigais Gads”, translated as “The Year of Horror”.

Read the website: Website: Baigais Gads | Download the pdf book: Book: Baigais Gads Latvia Year of horror

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Baigais Gads – Latvia: Year Of Horror

baigaisgadsfb2-sml.jpg Book: “Baigais Gads” (“Latvia: The Year of Horror”)

Authors: Paula Kovalevskis, Oskars Noritis, Mikelis Goppers

Publication date: 1942

This book “Baigais Gads” or “Latvia: Year of Horror” (alt. “The Ghastly Year”) is about the year, from June 1940 to June 1941, when the Soviets occupied Latvia. The Bolshevik communist government of the USSR massacred the citizens, including by deportation – transportation methods were designed to kill the deportees, and committed atrocities, such as torture, on the residents of Latvia, for showing any sign of dissent, posing any kind of threat to the Bolshevik communist leadership, or just being suspected of such. The book was published in 1942 in Riga, Latvia. It was written by Latvian authors (Paula Kovalevskis, Oskars Noritis, Mikelis Goppers), and was translated from Latvian.

Review:

“Latvia: Year of Horror is a collection of photos and documents covering the communist rule in Latvia from June 17, 1940 to July 1, 1941. This book shows communism as it was in reality – cloaked in deception and lies, filled with inhuman cruelties, revelling in torture and blood, sadistic in its delight in the lamentations of sufferers, and infinite in revenge and destruction. An unfathomable darkness, a madness, a mockery of honour and a rejection of all virtue sought to annihilate nothing less than the soul of the Latvian nation, a people for more than 4,000 years. …”

Pages reproduced below come from the website:
latvietis.lv

The pdf file of the original book (translated into English) can be downloaded from:
freepdf.info

The Soviet terror lasted until Latvia was liberated by the German Nazis.

A Latvian historian writes:

“[…] among those 25 brutally murdered victims, who found their terrible death in cheka of Ludza town from 21 June to 2 July 1941 and whose mutilated corpses were found near Greizais hill in vicinity of Selekova village, was also my father’s brother Aleksandrs Mierins. As interrogation record of 2 July shows it, his only “crime” was his membership in Aizsargi organization.

What crime against Soviet rule could have committed farmer T., who owned only 3 ha of land, but who was arrested on 21 June and found mutilated on 27 June near Greizais hill (tongue cut off, intestines pulled out through his mouth). Also remains of the last victims were found mutilated in the manner typical for cheka officers: arms and legs broken out, fingernails pulled off, tongues, ears and other body parts cut off.”

The photos in the book were taken right after the retreat of Communists, to document their atrocities. Corpses were inspected by a commission consisting of judges for important cases, prosecutors and medical doctors appointed by the government.

Source: lettia.lv

In Latvian, ‘baigais’ means both ‘ghastly’ (shockingly dreadful) and ‘terrible’ (severely distressing). For the title, it was translated in the former in view of the nature of the events being related.

Alternative titles of this book are: “The Horrible Year”, “The Ghastly Year”, “The Gruesome Year” and “The Terrible Year”.

Translator’s note: “The term ‘Bolshevik’ was employed throughout the book. In Latvia at that time, the use of this term instead of ‘Communist’ was a deliberate attempt to show dislike, contempt and disrespect and the portrayal of such persons as uneducated brutes as opposed to political idealists.”

80% of the Soviet Government at that time, which was dominated by the Bolshevik Party, was Jewish.

See: heretical.com

Translator’s Note: “In Latvian, there are two possible words which can be used for ‘Jews’. Ebrejs, translated as ‘Hebrews’ or ‘Jews’ is considered the proper polite term by Latvian Jews. Žīds ‘Yids’, translated as ‘Jews’ is generally regarded by Latvian Jews as impolite and offensive. There are also some in Latvia who continue to argue that Žīds is perfectly proper, having simply evolved from the language common to European Jews, and should simply be understood as “a speaker of Yiddish”. The most widely-used Latvian-English dictionary now in use translates Žīds simply as “Jew”, without further comment.” Throughout the text, the term Žīds was used, therefore the translators have preserved accuracy by using ‘Yid’ and ‘Yiddish’, but readers are reminded that Latvian Jews themselves would find its use improper and offensive.

To understand the nature of the Bolshevik communist government of the USSR, visit this site:

holodomorinfo.com

The book is archived at ArchiveOrg

  1. Website (link)
  2. Book (original) (link)

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Latvia is a country on the Baltic Sea between Lithuania and Estonia. On its eastern border is Russia. Its landscape is marked by wide beaches as well as dense, sprawling forests. It is commonly called a Baltic state.

Capital: Riga
Currency: Euro
Population: 1.96 million (2016)

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Baigais Gads

These images below are samplings from latvietis.lv. More pages can be seen at this site. Click on the images below to be taken to the source web page.

The Ghastly Year - Prieksÿvaørds

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Pages from 07a The Ghastly Year - To Moscow...Latvia Was Betrayed-bdr

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Pages from 08a The Ghastly Year - Uz Maskavu...Latvija bija nodota-bdr

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Pages from 09a The Ghastly Year - Revenge Will Not Happen!-bdr

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Pages from 10a The Ghastly Year - Izrēķināšanšs nebūs!-bdr

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Pages from 11a The Ghastly Year - Everybody To The Election!-bdr

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Pages from 13a The Ghastly Year - Posters! Posters! Posters!-bdr

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Pages from 16a The Ghastly Year - Tā domāja un juta latvieši-bdr

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Pages from 17a The Ghastly Year - Naktī uz 1941.g. 14. jūniju-bdr

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Pages from 24a Baigais Gads - Lūk viņi-bdr

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Pages from 26a Baigais Gads - Viņu bija neskaitāms pulks-bdr

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Pages from 27a Baigais Gads - Viņu bija neskaitāms pulks-bdr

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Pages from 28a Baigais Gads - Paziņojums-bdr

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Pages from 30a The Ghastly Year - Baigā gada bilance-bdr

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Pages from 31a ABOUT THE TRANSLATION-bdr

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