Latgosizdat (Latvian State Publishing House)
Latgosizdat was the Latvian State Publishing House. Until World War II, Latvia had thriving industries for publishing and printing. At the time of the Soviet annexation of Latvia in 1940, the largest publishing house in the country was Liesma (Flame). It was nationalized as a state-run entity called VAPP (Department of State Book Publishers and Polygraphic Enterprises). From 1946-1964, VAPP was named Latgosizdat and in 1965, the publisher was re-named Liesma. At that point, it became a specialized publishing house for original literature, works by foreign authors, monographs, yearbooks and fine art.