Jaunā Gaita nr. 311. ziema 2022
L I T E R A T U R E
POETRY: Agita Draguna, Emīls Klaužs, Sandra Ratniece, Aija Rozena and Reinis Runcis offer selections of their recent work.
PROSE: Ilze Lāce, Maija Migla-Streiča, Patrīcija Preisa, Mārtiņš Pommers, Sandra Ratniece and Jana Veinberga offer short stories and vignettes.
H I S T O R Y
Herberts Cukurs (1900-1965) was a Latvian aviator and deputy commander of the so-called Arajs Kommando, the Latvian Auxiliary Police unit founded by Viktors Arājs, which carried out the worst mass murders of Latvian Jews in the Holocaust of World War II. Long-time member of our editorial staff Juris Šlesers reports on new insights about the extent of Cukurs’ complicity given in a recently published book by Linda Kinstler, Come to This Court & Cry. How the Holocaust Ends.
V I S U A L A R T
Agnija Lesničenoka, archival expert at the State Archives of Latvia and a doctoral candidate at the Art Academy of Latvia writes about painter Pauls Puzinas (1907-1967), “...with Lithuanian roots but Latvian at heart”.
Artist, educator, head of the American Latvian Artists Association and JG art editor Linda Treija of Houston TX, writes about the recent work of contemporary artist Rita Grendze, whose home is in Aurora IL, near Chicago.
Treija together with Aija Moeller, a nonprofit organization manager in Washington, DC and an artist in her own right, offer a “Collage of Impressions” of a production of a play, Anšlavs un Veronika, by Raimonds Staprāns of San Francisco, at the XV Latvian Song and Dance Festival in St. Paul MN last summer.
All visual art is illustrated throughout the magazine. The cover art for this issue is by Rita Grendze.
A B O U T B O O K S
Kristīne Ilziņa reviews Arno Jundze’s biography of poet Eduards Veidenbaums (1867-1892) Es nemiršu nekad (I Will Never Die),
Vija Laganovska – Gundega Repše’s novel Sarunas ar sīko (Conversations with the Little One),
Agija Ābiķe-Kondrāte – Ronalds Briedis’ book of poetry Nulles summa (Null Sum).
Ingus Barovskis reviews three books by Lithuanian authors Sigitas Parulskis, Undinė Radzevičiūtė and Rasa Aškinytė, translated into Latvian by Dace Meiere.
Ojārs Spārītis shares his introduction to Ilgonis Bērsons’ Jaunie laiki – manos vecumgados. Vēstis, izraksti un piezīmes (1991-2020) (Modern Times – In My Old Age. . .).
B R I E F L Y N O T E D
Linda Treija highlights some of the important events in the world of Latvian art that have taken place since our last issue.
I N M E M O R I A M
Valters Nollendorfs pays homage to poet Knuts Skujenieks (1936-2022); Gaida Jablovska and Sandra Ratniece pay homage to poet Lija Brīdaka (1932-2022).
Valters Nollendorfs shares his poem “Speaks the Fallen Ukrainian Soldier”:
and my bread
and my state
I am Rus
seed and root
no Muscovite weed
nor eradicate me
I am the soil
of my land
I am its grain
and its bread
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