It always amazes me how old photos and documents get resurrected!
Here is an old class photo of my fathers that was published in Ventas Balss (Voice of Ventspils?) 2010 with an article which I believe is about the class trip to honour heroes in the cemetery during the german occupation before enlisting.
The article was sent to me by a school friend of my fathers nearly 20 years after my father’s death. Its funny how I exchanged emails and stories with him but my father would not have known what happened to his friend after the war.
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I have just scanned and sent my fathers wartime passport, DP testimonium certificate and declaration of religion to firstname.lastname@example.org, no idea if they will be used!
It’s amazing how newspapers and other publications are being digitized, just when you think you have found everything that is out there up pops another article!
Of course it helps to have an unusual surname, mine even seems to be unusual in Latvia!
Every once in a while I Google it to see if I can find any more information about my fathers history and today this popped up, 53 years after it was published. It is a list of all “aliens” to whom certificates of naturalisation have been granted by the secretary of state in May 1960. My parents were married in September 1960 which presumably prompted his naturalisation.