Oskars Gruziņš member of the European Union’s Marie Curie Initial Training Network, “Children born of war – past, present and future project,” from the University of Latvia, participated in an interviewed on Latvian Radio Channel 1. Oskars, accompanied by his supervising professor, Professor Vita Zelče, participated in an interview on the show ‘With Today’s Eyes.” The show, which is hosted by Eduards Liniņš, is a widely popular radio show in Latvia which focuses on and discusses interesting historical facts and events.
Oskars and his professor were invited to share with listeners the scope of Oskars’ study and to discuss the topic of Children Born of World War in Europe, and specifically in Latvia. During the show, they discussed with the host the importance and findings of earlier studies that had been conducted in Europe, with particular attention paid to the study of CBOW in Norway. Oskars and Professor Zelče explained to the listeners the research questions, the aims of the study and its importance for a better understanding of Latvian and a wider European history.
Professor Zelče and Oskars hope that the radio show will motivate listeners to participate in oral history interviews related to the project. During the show, they stressed the fact that the study cannot be completed without the help of participants, children born of war in Latvia who are willing to share their life stories. Oskars shared with listeners his telephone number and email address in the hope that individuals interested in participating will reach out to him.
To listen to the radio interview (in Latvian) click here.
Oskars study will focus on children born of Third Rich and Soviet soldiers in Latvia. The project is part of the European Union Marie Curie Initial Training Network, “Children born of war – past, present and future project.” This project is a Horizon 2020 plan which is composed of 15 early stage researchers, 11 organizations, 12 partner organizations, with an aim at “understanding the challenges of CHIBOW in volatile societies [that] will inform the normative debates and, ultimately, policies on the reintegration of CHIBOW into post-conflict societies.”