The following is the English translation, by Monica Lowenberg, of a letter sent today by German film maker Jürgen Hobrecht to the Latvian ambassador in Berlin.
Dear Mrs. Japina,
On the 25 May, 2013, I sent you my documentary, “Wir haben es doch erlebt — Das Ghetto von Riga“. On the 10 July, 2013, I went in person to the embassy, to personally give you the documentary; as you stated that it had not arrived on two occasions. As you were not available, an exchange took place on the sidewalk, in front of the embassy building.
I had hoped to give you, as embassy representative, a film that is the first of its kind to tell, worldwide, the story of the Riga Ghetto. In addition, I had suggested that the film be shown as part of the program that celebrates, in 2014, with Riga as Capital of European Culture.
Despite repeated telephone inquiries and letters I have to date not heard from you.
I am not aware, if, as part of your diplomatic duties for your country, you have publicised the film or if you have forwarded it on to Riga. I do not know where you have placed the film or of any attempts made to screen the film this year.
I would like to mention how truly astonished I am at the manner in which you have handled this matter. I would be grateful if you would now officially state whether there are any plans to screen the film in 2014 in Riga.
Furthermore, I would like to know what the official opinion is regarding the planned SS legionnaires, so-called “veterans “march, scheduled for 16 of March 2014.
Is it, incidentally, your opinion that such an event is compatible with Riga being European Capital of Culture?