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Alfred Valdmanis and the politics of survival

Author: Gerhard P Bassler
Publisher: Toronto ; Buffalo : University of Toronto Press, ©2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Valdmanis's wily political manoeuvring is more the stuff of fiction than history. Between 1938, at age 29, and his ironic downfall in the safe haven of Canada, he was a finance minister of pre-war Latvia, a government official during the Soviet invasion, a shrewd collaborator under the Nazi occupation, then, a friend to the Allies, a spokesman for Latvian POW and displaced persons, and an adviser to the government
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Genre/Form: History
Biography
Named Person: Alfred Valdmanis; Alfred Valdmanis; Alfred Valdmanis
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerhard P Bassler
ISBN: 0802044131 9780802044136
OCLC Number: 41347251
Description: xv, 472 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Wunderkind in Reborn Latvia: Background, Education, and Civil Service Career, 1908-1938 --
2. 'The Most Active and Influential Member of the Cabinet': Minister of Finance, 1938-1939 --
3. 'Better to Die Standing Up Than to Keep on Living on Your Knees': War, Resignation, and Soviet Occupation, 1939-1941 --
4. 'Elected to Lead and Manage Latvian National Affairs': The Janus Face of Collaboration, July 1941 to November 1942 --
5. 'Made No Bones about His Antipathy to the German Regime': The Janus Face of Resistance, November 1942 to May 1945 --
6. 'I Had Committed All My Heart and My Efforts to Latvian Exiles': Refugee Politics, 1945-1948 --
7. 'Starting Anew Like Our Fathers Did after the First World War': Immigrant in Canada, 1948-1950 --
8. 'Develop of Perish': The Challenges of Newfoundland, 1950-1955 --
9. 'The Past, Instead of Helping to Rebuild, Denies Itself': The Latvian Refugee Community and the Shadows of the Past, 1950-1954.
Responsibility: Gerhard P. Bassler.
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