The Keys ep35 Latvian Central Council: the lost hope of saving Latvia during the Nazi occupation.
It did not take long for the Latvian elite to recognize that Hitler was the same kind of “liberator” that Stalin had been, and begin to resist the new occupation regime. Not with guns – but with pens.
On 8 September 1944, the Declaration on the Restoration of the Republic of Latvia was created in the apartment of Roman Catholic bishop Jāzeps Rancāns. Its authors defied both occupations, and their goal was the restoration of democratic Latvia, as proclaimed in 1918. The act even reinstated the office of the President of Latvia.
The unsuccessful attempt of restoring independent Latvia began a year earlier in the quiet Torņakalns district where the Latvian Central Council was established on 13 August 1943. The organization was intended as the vanguard of the resistance movement that would unite all forces fighting for freedom.