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Photograph of the Week: Insula - Island of Hope
By Ventis Plume
Nov 10, 2013 - 12:02:07 AM

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Insula c. 1948: "They all had lived a peaceful life in their native Latvia. Then the war came..This book tells their stories--the stories of those who survived...This book is not a work of art; it is an account of real lives...By all accounts, their first experiences there were not always rosy...most would recall Insula with warm nostalgia. In spite everything they had been happy there." - From Foreword to "Insula - Island of Hope" By Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga

This photo was taken in 1948 of "Insula" and appeared in the excerpt from "Insula - Island of Hope" which was published today.

  • They survived Allied bombings and Soviet torpedoes, suffered fear, hunger, cold, disease, and as well as other challenges. They were among the millions of refugees from Eastern and Central Europe who were left stranded in a Germany defeated and devastated by the end of World War II. Their elders called the place Insula-- the Latin for island, for it became an island of Latvian life among the local Germans, the occupying Americans and all the other nationalities of stranded refugees.

Book Title: Insula - Island of Hope
ISBN: 978-1-61863-383-5
Book Pages: 453
Price: $22.95
Ventis Plume and John Plume, Editors

Other excerpts and photographs from 'Insula - Island of Hope' include:

November 16, 2013 Stories of WWII Latvian Refugees (at

November 10, 2013 Photograph of the Week: Insula - Island of Hope

November 10, 2013 Insula Began in Bruckmuhl (Excerpt from 'Insula - Island of Hope')

November 3, 2013 Photograph of the Week: Watercolors of Insula by Leo Trinkuns (1899-1948)

November 3, 2013 Forward to Insula - Island of Hope by Dr. Vaira Vike-Freiberga

October 27, 2013 New Book about Latvians Displaced by World War II

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