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Jewish Riga, Then And Now

For a small country, Latvia has an impressive Jewish legacy that includes the violinist Gidon Kremer, the painter Mark Rothko and the philosopher Isaiah Berlin. Sergei Eisenstein, who filmed “The Battleship Potemkin,” came from a Latvian Jewish family, as did the conductor Mariss Jansons, whose mother escaped the Riga Ghetto just before his birth.

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