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Īle Bunker and Memorial Site of National Partisans
The restored bunker of national partisans at Īle, officially consecrated on 17 March 2009, is not only a tribute to national partisans but also a visitor attraction which tells us about a tragic period in the history of Latvia.
The interior of the hideout has a stove, a table, narrow bonks on which partisans used to sleep. Near Bunker is an information board.
In 1992, the National Guard, members of the Daugavas Vanagi veterans' organisation and patriotic organisations dug up the demolished bunker, collected the bones of the fallen guerilla fighters, and buried those in the Virkus cemetery in Dobele. A white cross, a memorial stone and a granite stela were placed at the bunker.
In 1948 in the Īle forests, partisans from a joint Latvian – Lithuanian group built this bunker, the largest in the Baltic states, in order to continue their resistance against the Soviet power. The group of 27 men was led by a young commander Kārlis Krauja (real name – Visvaldis Brizga). On 17 March 1949, twenty-four partisans fought their final battle against 760-strong troops of the Ministry of State Security (or the Cheka).