In Bauska’s city centre, on September 14, there was the grand opening of the monument to punishers from three police battalions – 23rd, 319th and 322nd, which were members of the Latvian Waffen SS Legion. It is reported by the Latvian News Today Newspaper.
The unprecedented nature of the situation is that this is the first monument in Latvia to policemen-punishers who have on their conscience hundreds of civilians killed. However, local authorities present everything in a different way. Their position is that the police battalions in 1944 with Nazi troops fought near Bauska against the Soviet troops who liberated Latvia from Germans. By the way, the memorial is engraved with the following: “To the defenders of Bauski against the second Soviet occupation” And below there is a motto of the Latvian policemen – “Latvia must be the Latvian state”.
The opening of the monument was attended by city council deputies and members of the Latvian radical party Visu Latvijai forming part of the ruling coalition. More serious politicians appeared to be afraid to come into the spotlight at the controversial event in honor of Nazi policemen, the Latvian edition said.
Two of the three Latvian police battalions immortalized in Bauska were punitive units participating in 1942-1944 in the Nazi genocide on the territory of Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.