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25 September 2012

Thank you to everyone who has contacted me privately regarding The Space in Between; your comments have been very encouraging. If any of you would like to leave a short comment on any of the online book sites (for example: Amazon, The Nile, AdLibris), your effort would be greatly appreciated. Many prospective readers/buyers base their choice of book on such comments or reviews.

Someone contacted me recently, wondering about the point of delving into the tragedies of past history. Although he liked the book, he felt that mankind, as a whole, would be in a better place if it could discard negative memories and concentrate only on positive realities. An interesting thought; however, I fear that this could very quickly lead to a repetition of the negative and a minimization of the positive. We need to focus on the positive; however (as any Jew would tell you) to forget atrocities connected with our past is a sure way of seeing them repeated - not necessarily in the same form but repeated nonetheless. Relatively speaking, few books have been written about Latvia during the two world wars. People need to know what happened there and why, not only to encourage understanding of present-day Latvia but also, hopefully, to ensure that such things do not happen again, not anywhere. This is, of course, a fairly feeble hope, given the state of the world at the moment; however, unless people are aware of the depths to which they can fall, there is very little chance of them avoiding the edge of the drop.

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