BATUN was founded on 12 February 1966 in New York. Its mandate came from about 14,000 exile Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians, who marched to the United Nations headquarters in New York on 13 November 1965 to enlist UN support for the independence of the Soviet-occupied Baltic States. Hence, the task of BATUN was to use the opportunities afforded by the diverse UN organizations to foster the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania and promote their membership in the United Nations. 


The way has finally been cleared for the remodelling and expansion of the Museum's "Building for the Future." The scheduled completion date is October 2018, just in time for Latvia's hundredth birthday 18 November. It has been a very bumpy fifteen-year ride.


The last two years of research by Inese Dreimane, historian of the Occupation Museum of Latvia, has lead to the identification of all 99 victims of one of the last acts of the Soviet occupation regime in 1941. 


Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Mikheil Janelidze during his state visit to Latvia visited the Museum of Occupation. He was welcomed by the Museum’s Board Chairman Valters Nollendorfs. He was introduced to the temporary exhibition of the Museum and he signed the Museum’s guest book.


By the summer of 1944 it had become clear that Nazi-Germany had lost the war. The 15th Division, which had sustained heavy losses in battles against the Red Army on Latvian soil, was sent for reorganization to German-annexed West Poland. During the massive Soviet offensive in early 1945, the division and other Latvian units fought many heavy rearguard battles as they were inexorably retreating westward.