TASS: World - Authorities in Latvian capital permit march of Waffen SS legion veterans
I'm quite curious as to what people here think of such occurring, notably as obviously it's quite controversial to 'praise' or exonerate Nazi Germany. The Baltic states and Western Ukraine which viewed the USSR as an aggressive occupant (rightfully so in some occasions) gave many recruits to the SS and actively collaborated in the hope of ending Soviet rule. My own great grandmother was born in 1939 and recalls vaguely how the general view of the coming Nazi forces was of "liberators", though that quickly changed when they sent thousands to concentration camps and raped their way through many villages.
Never the less I find it chilling and disturbing that a country in the benevolent EU would ever permit the parading and glorifying of service in the SS. I mean I can understand independence and patriotism and to a degree I can understand nationalism (though I would not endorse nationalism) - but I cannot and will not endorse the glorification of service to the Reich. We live in 2015 where we know the facts, we know the ideology of Hitler's Germany and we know it's ultimate final solution for people it deemed 'untermensch'.
It is the revising of history - one does not need to parade alongside Waffen SS veterans to criticize the USSR.
"Riga’s City Hall received four requests for holding public functions on March 16 this year. The organization of Waffen SS veterans, Daugavas Vanagi (the Daugava Hawks in Latvia) plans holding a traditional march of former Latvian legion soldiers and their supporters from among the young radicals to Freedom Monument in the downtown from 11:00 hours to 13:00 hours EET."