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2006 | 6-7 | 77-89

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'AS I'M NOT A LIBRARIAN': PRESERVED VALUES OF LATVIAN CULTURE AND THE LIFE OF MERIJA GRINBERGA JUNIOR ('Ta ka neesmu bibliotekare'. Latvijas kulturas nosargatas vertibas un Merijas Grinbergas, jaunakas muzs)


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Although Merija Grinberga junior (24 May 1909 - 28 February 1975) came from the Grosvalds family, one of the most renowned patrician families in Riga, her life and work has not received the attention it deserves when compared to other members of the family; for example, her grandfather Fridrihs Grosvalds, famous lawyer and Head of Riga Latvian Society, his children - painter Jazeps Grosvalds who introduced moderate contemporary trends in early 20th century Latvian art and the diplomat and art historian Olgerds Grosvalds and their mother Merija Grinberga senior, promoter of Latvian folk art and founder of a popular salon of applied arts. The life of Merija Grinberga jun. is closely related to several museums in Latvia, including the present Latvian National History Museum where she worked in the late 1930s, during World War II and for a short period in the 1940s, and the Latvian National Art Museum where she worked as a librarian from 1958 till the end of her life. The most important episode featuring in her memories comes from the year-and-a half journey from October 1944 to February 1946, accompanying the most valuable items of the major Riga museum collections that Nazi Germany's state institutions ordered to be evacuated to the Opava region in Sudety (now part of the Czech Republic) shortly before the Soviet Army recaptured Riga. These items came from the City Art Museum (now the Latvian National Museum of Art), State History Museum (now Latvian National History Museum) and its branch, the Dome Museum (now the Riga Museum of History and Navigation), the State History Archives and the Riga History Archives.


  • Janis Kalnacs, Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences, Cesu iela 4, Valmiera LV-4200, Latvia


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