The Lost Children of Latvia: Deportees and Postmemory in Dzintra Geka’s The Children of Siberia

Donald, Stephanie and Brūveris, Klāra (2017) The Lost Children of Latvia: Deportees and Postmemory in Dzintra Geka’s The Children of Siberia. In: Childhood and Nation in Contemporary World Cinema: borders and encounters. Bloomsbury Academic, New York, pp. 63-88. ISBN 9781501318580

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In August and September 1987 demonstrations in Riga, Latvia, and in the other Baltic states, Estonia and Lithuania, openly challenged Soviet rule by recalling the 1918 declaration of independence and protesting the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact that brought the Soviets back into the Baltic in 1940. In 1988, there were public commemorations of the forced removals of Latvians from Riga to Siberia in 1941 and 1949. These events marked the emergence of a confident and resurgent Latvian National Independence Movement.2 It was in this post-Soviet climate of historical recuperation that the lost children of Latvia appeared as figures of the nation’s origin. Here, we discuss the complex issue of how childhood memory is reconfigured as national memory, and then placed on an international stage to compete with multiple sites and experiences of human trauma for visibility and condolence.

Keywords:childhood and nation, cinema and childhood, Latvia, post-memory, children in Latvian television
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P303 Film studies
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V147 Modern History 1950-1999
P Mass Communications and Documentation > P301 Television studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Film)
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Deposited On:24 Oct 2018 15:41

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