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Born in Riga. Educated in commerce school of Riga stock exchange, absolved in Moscow. 1917 started studies in Riga Polytechnics Institute which had been evacuated to Moscow. After October Revolution returned to Latvia.
In January 24, 1932, Latvian national unity Ugunskrusts was founded and Gustavs Celmins was elected as its leader. After Ugunskrusts was closed, he founded the organization Perkonkrusts (Thundercross).
After banishment Celmins lived in Italy and Switzerland. In Zurich he was arrested and banished from Switzerland. Later he lived in Romania, where he had contacts with Iron Guard, from where he moved to Finland. From 1938 was the leader of Foreign contacts office of Perkonkrusts.
- "We believe, that Latvians throughout the wide world have only one place in which to live - Latvia, whereas other nations have their own home lands. Whether that is according to ethics or democratic principles makes no difference, for us only the good of the Latvian nation is important."
- "Our God, our religion, our reason of life, our goals is the Latvian nation, those who don't facilitate its prosperity are our enemies."
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