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Title Ilze Jatniels-Grotans Interview Transcript
Author Klees, Michelle
Date 10 Jan 2001
Document Type Personal Account
Reference IHRC1223, Box 1, Folder 10
Library / Archive Immigration History Research Center Archives, University of Minnesota
Collection Name Klees, Michelle Papers, c.1940-1990
Description Ilze Jatniels-Grotans 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 also explores Latvian traditions and maintaining these 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) Displaced Persons and Refugees; Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations
Country (from) Latvia
Country (to) United States of America; Poland
Places Jaungulbene, Latvia; Minneapolis, Minnesota, Menomonie, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States; Hamburg, Germany; Poland
Ports Riga, Latvia; New York, United States
Nationality Latvian; European
People Brackett, Richard; Jatniels-Grotans, Ilze
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, farming, education, school, holidays and celebrations, forced migration, children, agriculture, furniture, livestock, factory, health and sickness, entertainment, theatre, food, journey conditions, railroad, holidays and celebrations, social life, languages, charity, societies,
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