SOS! Save our states!

Pēteris Elferts1988-05-15

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 1940-1991

The Museum of the Occupation of Latvia 1940-1991
Riga, Latvia

Towards the end of the Second World War, many Latvians, Lithuanians and Estonians fled their homes to avoid the second Soviet occupation. They created strong exile communities and continued the struggle against the occupation of the Baltic States. One form that this struggle took was the organization of protests. Divided Germany was a symbol of the Cold War,
but from 1961 the Berlin Wall was a symbol of the Iron Curtain. The Wall was created to stop people escaping from East Germany to West Berlin. Ironically, the West Berlin side of the Wall became the "largest canvas in the
world". Many of the paintings were directed against the Soviet regime, and some of them were created by exile Latvians.


  • Title: SOS! Save our states!
  • Creator: Pēteris Elferts
  • Date: 1988-05-15
  • Location: Berlin, Germany. Behind the crosses next to the Reichstag, commemorating those who died trying to flee East Germany.

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