How often are we aware of the history captured inside the houses in which we spend our everyday lives, or on the walls of Riga which we pass by every single day?
In the XXth century alone, Riga witnessed a number of social, political and military conflicts during which the city became a refuge for certain groups of people forced to hide. It was their only way to avoid persecution or worse – physical destruction. During the Revolution of 1905, the Red Terror in 1919, and World War II, the real or imagined opponents of these regimes had to be hidden: revolutionaries from the Tsarist police, the class enemies - from the Red Army, Jews, prisoners of war and deserters from the Nazis, then later Latvian legionnaires from the Soviet government.
In this map of Riga, we want to highlight the hiding places and share the stories of the courageous citizens of Riga who risked their lives, even under threat, in order to provided the persecuted with a safe haven. Walls can not tell these stories, they must be told by people. Tell us your stories about places in Riga that served as a refuge for the persecuted. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Riga has its hidden map of the concealed and unspoken history as under different rulers people had to hide different parts of their personal history. Our goal is to map out this alternative city topography, to make these locations and stories public. These testimonies and memoirs help to gain a deeper insight how complicated historical events made major impact on the everyday lives of ordinary people.
Our ongoing “Underground Riga” project is supported by foundation Riga 2014 that makes Riga a proud capital of the European culture. This fall at Zanis Lipke memorial you can visit an exhibition about the hiding places during the World War II, the personal topography of people who were hidden, saved and survived thanks to their fellow citizens who, regardless of the powerful propaganda, would shelter another human being. Those places and people were a human watershed that during the times of turmoil made all the difference between the impending death and survival.
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Make your contribution to research the lesser known and concealed parts of Riga’s history. Share with us the stories that you might have heard or read about the hiding places of the persecuted fellow citizens. If you have letters, memoirs or historical photos of this place, please send them in and we will add it to the map of the Underground Riga.