Notebook : Bound : black, beige ; Ht: 15,5 cm x W: 11,5 cm
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Over 50 pages. Soft cover, paper bound with adhesive, and sewn together. The cover is black, and the interior pages are yellow, with grey pencil handwritten entries. There is also some red colour pencil on the pages as well. The interior pages have a grid pattern on them, and the edges have black and red on them. The notebook belonged to a Latvian man named Elmars Rozite (born circa 1924-1927) who was the donor's father. Narrative: Notebook contains some diary entries in Latvian (being translated). The first entry is entitled "Leaving for Germany" and is dated October 4, 1943. Elmars mentions leaving Riga and spending three days on a train to Germany.
Elmars Rozite was born 1925-04-11 in Riga, Latvia. He learned German in school and was trained as a carpenter. He left for Germany in October 1943. Upon arrival he spent some time at Schleswig hospital in the because he was ill (October to December 1943). It is believed that Elmars was drafted for the Reichsarbeitsdienst or Reich Labour Service (RAD). In January 1944, he was sent to Oldenburg for his service. The camp he lived in was located 7km from the city itself, near a airbase, and young he was trained as a firefighter. In April 1944 Elmars moved to Eggebek, "halfway between Schleswig and Flensburg". In August 1944 he was released from RAD and transferred to the 35th Battalion of the Latvian Legion where he was trained to use anti-tank guns and machine guns. It is unclear exactly where and how long Elmars served in this battalion. He was liberated by the U.S Armed forces and then stayed in a Displaced Persons camp in Hannover where he met his wife. They immigrated to Canada and he worked for the Canadian Steamship Lines as a maintenance worker and carpenter, building offices.