The Keys ep10 1949 March Deportations and Lielvārde's incredible escape

After the WW2, the Soviet regime resumed the eradication of Baltic
intelligentsia and the upper class. 25 March 1949 saw the most horrific
deportations in the history of Latvia. This time, the hardest blow was aimed at
the farmers – anyone who was capable of running the farm somewhat
successfully.
But there was one rural territory in Latvia, from which not a single soul was
deported that March: Lielvārde. There, on the banks of the Daugava, where the
legend of Lāčplēsis was born, once lived a real Soviet hero, Edgars Kauliņš. It is
told that he was the one who saved the locals from deportation. Who was the
man behind the myth? Is his tale also a folk legend, or the truth?



Episodes

The Keys ep11 Privatization

Latvia's difficult path to free market and private property based capitalist economy.

The Keys ep10 1949 March Deportations and Lielvārde's incredible escape

25 March 1949 saw the most horrific deportations in the history of Latvia. But there was one rural territory, from which not a single...

The Keys ep9 The Remembrance Day of the Latvian Legionnaires

It was officially observed just once, and then abolished in fear that the world would not understand the honouring of Nazi army veterans.

The Keys ep8 Latvian lats

Latvian lats: the national currency from its introduction in 1922 until the replacement with euro in 2014.

The Keys ep7 The Khrushchev Thaw

It all started with a funeral bell announcing the death of Stalin on 5 March 1953. Most significantly for Latvians, the Siberian deportees returned...

The Keys ep6 Perestroika. The beginning of the end

In February 1987 Gorbachev visited Riga. What happened with the people he met and what happened with Gorbachev himself when all of it was...

The Keys ep5 The Freedom Fights.

Was the birth of Latvia a lucky coincidence or perhaps a smart and dazzling political tango?

The Keys ep4 Independent Latvia's return to the Olympic Games

The fight for Latvia's return to the free world of sports had to be fought in the same trenches as its fight for political...

The Keys ep3 Soviet repressions against Riga intellectuals in the early 1950s

During the totalitarian Soviet regime, Riga intellectuals were charged with high treason for organizing French literature nights.

The Keys ep2 University in a war-destroyed zoo

So-called diaspora Latvians are an intrinsic part of our nation and our country's history.

The Keys ep1 The 1991 January Barricades

The 1991 January Barricades in Baltics - the key to the stability of the new world order.