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Title Erna Grinvalds-Liepins Interview Transcript
Author Klees, Michelle
Date 16 Aug 2000
Document Type Personal Account
Reference IHRC1223, Box 1, Folder 5
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name Klees, Michelle Papers, c.1940-1990
Description Erna Grinvalds-Liepins discusses her family history in Latvia, the experiences of fleeing Soviet-occupied Latvia, life in a displaced person camp, immigration to the United States and eventual settlement in Minnesota. She offers insights into life in Latvia before the Second World War and maintaining Latvian culture in the United States.
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) Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations; Displaced Persons and Refugees
Country (from) Latvia
Country (to) United States of America; Australia; England
Places Prior Lake, Minneapolis, Minnesota, New York, Iowa, United States; Riga, Liepaja, Latvia; Saalfeld, Fischback, Nuremberg, Germany; Great Britain; Norway; Australia; Russia
Nationality Latvian; European
People Grinvalds-Liepins, Erna
Keywords immigration, Second World War, conflict, refugee, displacement, cultural identity, community relations, history, culture, foreign occupation, biography, family, history, communism, relocation camp, relocation, Displaced Persons Act, legislation, Lutheranism, religion, travel, employment, First World War, family reunion, education, camp, leisure, school, university, social class, dancing, agriculture, theatre, music, factory, furniture, languages, weather, children, holidays and celebrations, church
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