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Latvia: SS soldier statue sparks controversy in Riga01:05

Latvia: SS soldier statue sparks controversy in Riga

Latvia, riga
June 17, 2014 at 12:22 GMT +00:00 · Published

A wooden sculpture of an injured soldier has been installed next to St Peter's Cathedral in central Riga on Tuesday.

The sculpture, which has a children's slide, was created by Latvian artist Aygar Bikshe as a part of the 'On the wave. Actual art from Latvia and Siberia' exhibition.

The installation has caused a stir, with many perceiving the brightly painted sculpture as resembling the silhouette of a Waffren-SS soldier.

The sculpture's helmet has the same contours as the ones once worn by SS-soldiers, while the weapon he is holding is similar to the shape of a Sturmgewehr 44 (MP-44) rifle, the type of guns that were used for arming the SS units.

Latvia: SS soldier statue sparks controversy in Riga01:05
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A wooden sculpture of an injured soldier has been installed next to St Peter's Cathedral in central Riga on Tuesday.

The sculpture, which has a children's slide, was created by Latvian artist Aygar Bikshe as a part of the 'On the wave. Actual art from Latvia and Siberia' exhibition.

The installation has caused a stir, with many perceiving the brightly painted sculpture as resembling the silhouette of a Waffren-SS soldier.

The sculpture's helmet has the same contours as the ones once worn by SS-soldiers, while the weapon he is holding is similar to the shape of a Sturmgewehr 44 (MP-44) rifle, the type of guns that were used for arming the SS units.

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