Foundation’s activities report.
The Foundation is actively trying to communicate with the Latvian press, but there are no results yet. The whole problem is that tabloid newspapers in Latvia are owned by well-known “oligarchs,” and if they or their ideas aren’t praised, nothing is done. No response to e-mails or phone calls. If they get tired of you calling – phone is picked up and dropped immediately, suggesting that you should stop calling. Of course, mobile phones are used between certain, necessary people; unfortunately I don’t know any of them.
The same is true with TV – when I called TV3’s “BezTabu” I got a passionate praise for the Foundation’s noble actions, good wishes and hope for a long and fruitful co-operation. After that communication ended, no one picks up the phone anymore. I mean, one can understand – why should they be worried about some abandoned graves, about some graves of German, Russian or Latvian repressed people, whose descendants died in exile, were killed in the war or have no one who could clean up their memorial sites across Latvia?!
An active correspondence with the German clergy, some German Länder administrations, the press and the Bundestag deputies is kept. I believe that in time, it will bring results and there will be a real help from both – the private individuals and the government. All of this should be understood, because in the post-war time, no one has raised the issue of abandoned civilian graves in Latvia. Latvian press is busy with covering articles about referendums, highly successful crisis management and how we’ll soon pull ahead of Europe (as once we pulled ahead of America). But nobody is talking about the fact that our beloved country has been thoroughly robbed by known thieves. Someone even expressed a bright idea that it was necessary for the nation to recover its second breath.
At the moment financially the Foundation is supported only by me, so large projects can’t be implemented. As an example, we found “Broces” monument in “Jēkaba” cemetery, cleaned it, and now others will be able to find it. “Broces” grave was originally located in cemetery “Lielie kapi” but today the exact location of it is unknown. When the road was built through the cemetery, everything was knocked down, but the most valuable monuments were transported to “Jēkaba” cemetery.
I ask you to actively help Latvian society of repressed people, who themselves are fighting for their existence, let’s clean up and take care of abandoned cemeteries of repressed people across Latvia. Let’s try to implement the Foundation’s plans and maybe someone else will decide to help as well.
Restoration and cleaning works of grave sites continue. Names and surnames of German people, which were buried in cemetery “Matīsa kapi” in Latvia from year 1913 to year 1939 are being gathered. To view the full list of names and surnames click here.
Restoration and cleaning works of grave sites continue. Names and surnames of German people, which were buried in cemetery “Meža kapi” in Latvia from year 1913 to year 1940 are being gathered. To view the full list of names and surnames click here.
Restoration and cleaning works of abandoned German grave sites continue. Names and surnames of German people, which were buried in cemetery “Lielie kapi” in Latvia from year 1900 to year 1940 are being gathered. To view the full list of names and surnames click here.
Restoring the place of burial of Jānis Fridrihs Baumanis.
Our Foundation’s planned task of cleaning and restoring the place of burial of Latvia’s first certified architect Jānis Fridrihs Baumanis for his 120th Remembrance Day is accomplished. Although his Remembrance Day was widely publicized in the press and ceremonial sittings were held in various creative organization meetings, by the condition of his grave you could see and reason that it was only visited virtually. Cleaning and restoration works took three days (from 11th to 13th June). The place of his burial is restored and now everyone who wishes to pay tribute to the remarkable architect and his brothers, but hadn’t managed to do it so far, is welcome! The grave can be found in cemetery “Jēkaba kapi” in Riga, Latvia.
German grave sites in Līgatne are also restored. The difference between restored graves and the way they looked before can be seen in the pictures below. 75 crosses, including some memorial plaques have been restored.
Restoration and cleaning works of German grave sites in the region of Sigulda have started. At the moment 45 graves have been restored.
ラトビアの「フォン・ロゲーチャリティー協会」は、昨年中に複数の地震により多大な被害を受けた日本に在ラトビア日本国大使館を通して、義援金を送 りました。日本の方々は根気強く、賢明で、強固な意志をもっています。ですから、この自然が与えた負担を決して耐えることができると思っています。「フォ ン・ロゲーチャリティ協会」が設立されたのはつい最近で、理事会は最初のチャリティー活動として、我々の能力の範囲内で、日本を応援することと決定しまし た。我々の協会はラトビア全国でチャリティー活動を実施しています（www.fonrogge.lv）。我が国の人々は日本人と同じように愛国心を持っ て、母国の繁栄に努力を向けたら、疑いなく今より良い生活をしているでしょう。
Donation for the people of Japan.
New founded charity organization “Fon Rogges labdarības fonds” from Latvia with the cooperation from embassy of Japan is making a donation for Japan due to the huge damages caused by the many earthquakes during the period of time of less than a year. The nation of Japan is strong, resistant and wise; it can overcome these obstacles that have been brought up by the Mother Nature. “Fon Rogges labdarības fonds” is a new founded charity organization and out of respect for You, the first notable donation is for helping the nation of Japan, within the limits of our organization. In the future plans of the Fond we will contribute to charity projects allover Latvia. With the best wishes for the great nation of Japan, may sun keep shining over You!
Sincerely, the founder of ”Fon Rogges labdarības fonds” Olavs Igals von Rogge
With “Von Rogge charity fund” Board decision, voluntarily made Pokrov graveyards landscape and cleaning job.
After request of Regīnas Jērcītes, Jāņa Vanaga, Maijas Biķernieces, Ritmai Birzniecei, U. Deisonam, people with limited or no assets, the „Foundation” has considered their requests and granted them with one-time allowance.