Otomārs Oškalns

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Otomārs Oškalns
Born 12 April 1904
Skujene parish, Russian Empire
Died 1 September 1947
Riga, Latvian SSR,
Soviet Union
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Years of service 1941–1945
Unit 3rd Latvian partisan brigade
Battles/wars World War II

Hero of the Soviet Union

Otomārs Oškalns (12 April 1904 — 1 September 1947) was a prominent Latvian communist and partisan fighter.[1]

He was one of three Latvian Soviet partisans who became Heroes of the Soviet Union.[2]


Since 1925 worked as a school teacher.[1]

Since 1939 - communist.[1]



Small bronze monument was erected in Jēkabpils after his death.[3]

After his death, Riga's second largest railway station was named after him.[4]

When Latvia became independent in 1991, Oškalns was viewed as a Soviet collaborator, and his name was stripped from the railway station. Monuments to him were also removed from public locations.

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Ошкалн Отомар Петрович // Большая Советская Энциклопедия. / под ред. А. М. Прохорова. 3-е изд. Т.19. М., «Советская энциклопедия», 1975. стр.53
  2. ^ А.К. Рашкевиц. За Советскую Латвию // Советские партизаны: из истории партизанского движения в годы Великой Отечественной войны / ред.-сост. В.Е. Быстров, ред. З.Н. Политов. М., Госполитиздат, 1961. стр.590-630
  3. ^ a b Ошкалнс Отомар Петрович // Герои Советского Союза: краткий биографический словарь в 2-х тт. / редколл., предс. И.Н. Шкадов. том 2. М., Воениздат, 1988. стр.216
  4. ^ В сражениях за Советскую Латвию. Рига, "Лиесма", 1975. стр.207