Putting the Forgotten District of Lastādija Back on the Map of Riga

Putting the Forgotten District of Lastādija Back on the Map of Riga

Lastādija or Lastadie is the forgotten name of the neighbourhood bounded by the Central Market, the railway, Lāčplēša Street and the Daugava river.Continue Reading →

Back to Shul: Capturing the Uses of Lithuania’s 100 Former Synagogues

Back to Shul: Capturing the Uses of Lithuania’s 100 Former Synagogues

"I visited and photographed former synagogues in 59 Lithuanian towns, villages and cities whose contemporary uses include churches, funeral parlours, shops, hairdressers..."Continue Reading →

Naissaar: the Estonian “Island of Women” Once an Independent Socialist Republic

Naissaar: the Estonian “Island of Women” Once an Independent Socialist Republic

"They announced the creation of an independent socialist republic, the Soviet Republic of the Sailors and Builders of the Fortress of Naissaar Island"Continue Reading →

Deep Baltic Podcast – Eesti

Deep Baltic Podcast – Eesti

DB's editor Will Mawhood is joined by Tallinn-based David Edwards and Stuart Garlick for a discussion about identity and how the country is changing.Continue Reading →

Higher Education in a Post-War Refugee Camp: The Baltic University

Higher Education in a Post-War Refugee Camp: The Baltic University

"He was truly amazed, if not perhaps shocked, that people, refugees, were not only thinking of creating a university, but were actually organising it."Continue Reading →

DB Recommends: Andrius Mamontovas

DB Recommends: Andrius Mamontovas

Imagine a musician singing about hope and freedom at a time when the Soviet system was crumblingContinue Reading →

Pagan Faith, Accelerated Technology: A Walk on Estonia’s Muhu Island

Pagan Faith, Accelerated Technology: A Walk on Estonia’s Muhu Island

Organised religion, imported by a series of invaders and occupiers, was never able to fully repress pagan traditions in Estonia.Continue Reading →

Fiction: Grigory Kanovich – Shtetl Love Song

Fiction: Grigory Kanovich – Shtetl Love Song

"There’s no doubt that Mendel and I, more than anyone else, wanted to get to Russia as soon as possible..."Continue Reading →

How the Children of Baltic Refugees to Britain are Rediscovering their Roots

How the Children of Baltic Refugees to Britain are Rediscovering their Roots

"When my grandfather died, my father stopped speaking Latvian... he had no-one to speak to"Continue Reading →

DB Under the Radar: Ķemeri, Latvia

DB Under the Radar: Ķemeri, Latvia

"Its medicinal water attracted thousands of tourists from all over the Russian Empire, thereby warranting the town a direct train line to Moscow"Continue Reading →

Long Hair and Bell-Bottoms Behind the Iron Curtain: Soviet Hippies

Long Hair and Bell-Bottoms Behind the Iron Curtain: Soviet Hippies

"A record was a holy thing that would go from hand to hand, recorded over and over on reel tapes."Continue Reading →

ЛАЙФ V КАЙФ or How to Trip in the Soviet Union

ЛАЙФ V КАЙФ or How to Trip in the Soviet Union

The Estonian director Terje Toomistu, who has recently completed a documentary about the hippie movement in the Soviet Union, writes about drug culture behind the Iron Curtain.Continue Reading →