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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:   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: Biography
Named Person: 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 p. : ill. ; 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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"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 of Canada.

In this first serious biography of Alfred Valdmanis, historian Gerhard Bassler casts the story of this political manipulator and chameleon in new terms: the often tragic consequences of the will to survive."--BOOK JACKET.

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