I Hate History


Discussion for schoolchildren “I Hate History” will be held on the ground floor of the Corner House, where the exposition of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia is on display, and in the building’s courtyard at 6 p.m. What good are those history classes!? What’s good about knowing that a long time ago people were doing things that nobody does today? I don’t care! But perhaps… Perhaps those people were not that different at all? Representatives of the generation for whom the historic truth held within the building may seem just “a ghost or horror story” are invited to the discussion at the Corner House.

Participants: Mārtiņš Zvīdriņš (a guide at the Corner House), Aleksejs Popovs (11th-grader from the Riga State Gymnasium No. 1), Māris Antons (expert on digital media), Henriks Eliass Zēgers (young poet and author), Roberts Rasums (student of political science), Oskars Kaulēns (history teacher from “Mission Possible”), Ričards Muižnieks (11th-grader from the Riga State Gymnasium No. 2), Ģirts Jankovskis (Doctor of Philosophy), Raimonds Elbakjans (founder of “Ghetto Games”).
Discussion moderator: Jānis Arājs (history teacher at the Riga State Gymnasium No. 2).

Thematic division: Freedom Street

Begins : 19.09.2014 15:00


  • Corner House on Brīvības street

Form of event:

  • Discussion / Lecture

Category of event:

  • History

Audience of event:

  • Youth
  • Adults

Project description:

During the fifty years of the occupation of Latvia by the Soviet Union, the KGB headquarters in Riga, also known as the Corner House, became a prominent symbol of totalitarian power that, in the 21st century Riga, still stands to bear testimony to total war, mass persecutions and genocide. 2014 is the right time to change the destiny of the Corner House, to open the doors and face the experience and fates concealed therein in order to profoundly understand and recreate them. The Corner House will be open to the public from the 1st of May to the 19th of October, presenting the Occupation Museum's exhibition (admission free of charge), guided tours "In the KGB Basements", and five more exhibitions - "(Re)construction of Friendship", "A Latvian's Suitcase", "In Spite of All”, "Ten Objects' Stories of Person and Power” and "The Museum of Fateful Objects”, which present different interpretations of the relationship between the individual and the power in the past that still affects the people of the present day.

Web address: http://riga2014.org/kgb



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