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Latvia's Controversial Waffen-SS Fighters

On March 16th 1998, veterans of the Latvian Legion, who had fought for the Nazis during World War Two, marched through the capital Riga to commemorate their wartime service.

On March 16th 1998, veterans of the Latvian Legion who had fought for the Nazis during World War Two, marched through the capital Riga commemorating their greatest battle against the Soviet Red Army. It was a rare official remembrance of the efforts of the Waffen SS. Dina Newman has been speaking to two veterans of the Latvian Legion.

Photo: Latvian infantrymen march through a street in Riga under the German occupation. Credit: Three Lions/Getty Images

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