Vilis Arveds Hāzners | Nikolay KabanovOstland. Ночь под свастикой ("Night Under the Swastika").

Half a century had passed since Daugavas Vanagi, Who are They? was first published in the West, when Soviet propaganda enjoyed a re-release in 2013 on DVD and YouTube. We ran across a promotional article for it on the "Latvia's Russians" web site, incidentally registered to Miroslav Mitrofanov (Miroslavs Mitrofanovs), co-chairman of the pro-Kremlin "For Human Rights in United Latvia" party now Latvian Russian Union, and former Latvian parliament member.

Note the extra attention given in the account only to Hāzners:

Publicist and deputy Nikolay Kabanov was the author of the film devoted to the Nazi occupation of Latvia.

"'I did not plan to release the film exactly on the eve of March 16 [annual commemoration day of the Latvian Legion]. That was [not!—Editor] a coincidence. But it was more and more urgent for the facts presented in the film to be heard', says Nikolay Kabanov, who made his debut in the genre of documentary cinema.

The film 'Ostland. Night under the swastika.' tells the story of the 1,418 days of the Nazi occupation of Latvia. Noteworthy: the Nazis and their henchmen held out longest on the territory of the [Latvian] Federal Republic. Latvia was the only republic where fighting ('Cauldron of Kurzeme') continued up until the surrender of Germany May 9, 1945.


The film ends with a bitter acknowledgement: virtually none of the prominent Nazi collaborators have received retribution. Bangerskis, Veiss, Roberts Osis, Konrads Kalējs, Vilis Hāzners (in the beginning days of the Nazi occupation, he served first in auxiliary battalions of police and then in Riga Order Police) and other prominent war criminals fled first to Germany and then to the West and, as it's said, 'died peacefully in their sleep.'[1] Only Arājs was sentenced to life imprisonment and died in prison in Hamburg, and another well-known member of the team executioner Arājs, Herberts Cukurs, was eliminated in Argentina. That ends the list of convicted torturers.[2]

Video captures and the film itself (via YouTube) follow.

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Daugavas Vanagi (Latvian Veterans' Welfare Association) newspaper

Hāzners congratulates artist Visvaldis Reinholds, handing him his prize. Its context within the film is unclear.

Photo of Hāzners, origin unknown

Portrait of Hāzners near the end of the war with his rank of major, the most widely published in Soviet propaganda.

Hāzners' award of the Iron Cross

Ostland. Night under the swastika.

[1]Original in Russian reads "died in their beds."
[2]Retrieved 1-October-2016.

Updated: September, 2018

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