The Pauls Stradiņš Museum of the History of Medicine is proud to announce the opening, on November 7, 2019, of a new exhibition to focus on the work of doctors and other medical personnel during Latvia's liberation battles. World War I ended on November 11, 1918, with Germany's capitulation. On November 18, Latvia's independence was proclaimed at the 2nd Riga City Theatre (today the Latvian National Theatre). On November 22, the Red Army crossed Latvia's border at Zilupe and thus launched an independence war that continued until August 11, 1920, when Latvia and Soviet Russia signed a peace treaty.
The war involved most of Latvia's doctors, paramedics, sanitation specialists, nurses and other medical personnel. They were all enrolled in Latvia's army and worked at various hospitals, clinics, field hospitals, etc. Other volunteered for the Red Cross and other organisations. Much assistance came from the American Red Cross, American aid organisations, the Swedish Red Cross, the Danish Red Cross and others. Groups of Latvians elsewhere in the world also made an investment in pursuing the war. Latvians in Boston, for instance, raised enough funds to buy an ambulance for Latvia, as well as other things. Six doctors and nine paramedics received the Lāčplēsis Order of War for their bravery on the battlefield.The exhibition will be open until January 26, 2020. Access is available to those who have bought a ticket to visit the museum as such.