The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) condemned Thursday the march in Riga celebrating the anniversary of the Nazi invasion of Latvia on July 1, 1941, calling it the “height of insensitivity to victims of Nazism in Latvia and across Europe.”
"The Nazi invasion of Latvia sixty-nine years ago led to the murder of 90,000 Latvians, including 70,000 Latvian Jews and 2,000 Roma. To celebrate this anniversary and present the Nazis as the 'liberators' of Latvia, is the height of insensitivity to the victims of Nazism in Latvia and across Europe," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director .
He continued, "We appreciate the statement of Latvia’s prime minister and the foreign ministry condemning this event. However, we are concerned that this incident is part of a larger trend among nationalists in the Baltics and elsewhere in Eastern Europe to equate the Nazi genocide with the repression and crimes of the Communists."