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Title Benita Ieleja-Jatnieks Interview Transcript
Author Klees, Michelle
Date 9 Feb 1999
Document Type Personal Account
Reference IHRC1223, Box 1, Folder 11
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name Klees, Michelle Papers, c.1940-1990
Description Benita Ieleja-Jatnieks discusses Latvian traditions and the maintenance of Latvian culture within the family and Minneapolis in general.
Series Description Eleven oral history transcripts produced in conjunction with MA thesis "Persevering Endurance: Latvians in Minnesota", University of Northern Colorado, 2002. The interviews conducted by Michelle Klees between 2000 and 2001 focus on the experiences of Latvian displaced persons after World War Two and their immigration to the United States. Covered are also Latvian traditions, the issue of maintaining one's ethnic culture after resettlement, and the activities of the Latvian American community in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.
Theme(s) Displaced Persons and Refugees; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Country (from) Latvia
Country (to) United States of America; Germany
Places Limbazi, Latvia; Minneapolis, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, United States; Australia
Nationality Latvian; European; Russian; American
People Flittie, Ruth; Flittie, David
Keywords immigration, Second World War, conflict, refugee, displacement, cultural identity, community relations, history, culture, foreign occupation, biography, family, history, communism, relocation camp, sponsored migration, relocation, Displaced Persons Act, legislation, travel, sponsored migration, employment, education, living conditions, accommodation, relief, languages, housing, church, forced migration, push factors, army, shipping, language classes, clothing, industry, factory, working conditions, health and sickness, church, religion, return passage, family reunion, family records, housewife, soldier, university, marriage, clubs, dancing
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Immigration History Research Center Archives catalogue.
Catalogue Link Immigration History Research Center Archives Catalogue
Language English
Copyright Copyright is held by Michelle Klees