Mar 28, 2007
The author repeats without comment the Soviet claim that those deported to Siberia on June 14, 1941 were ?remnants of the old bourgeois social order whose reliability was under question in the event of a German attack?. Oddly enough, while 5% of the pre-war Latvian population was Jewish, 11% of the June 14 deportees were Jews [percentages rounded off to the nearest whole number]. The deportees, both Jewish and gentile, were predominantly political and community leaders, as well as those simply classified as bourgeois. The matter of questionable reliability in the event of a German attack was an after-the-fact pretext (posttext?) for the naive.