Ludwig Klages’s visit to Riga (1955) during his lecture trip in the Nordic countries did not let indifferent either his listeners in the House of the Blackheads or his readers in Latvia. In his reflections about the trip and observations during it, the German Baltic perspective was dominant, the one that was introduced to philosopher and graphologist by the HI rector Wilhelm Klumberg and HI associate Baron von Campenhausen. As it follows from Klages’s report to the German Academy, they were the ones who described the German Baltics situation in Latvia and Riga.
Already regarding the lectures in Tallinn and Tartu, Klages emphasizes German Baltics wish that their national efforts in preserving their culture would be supported in Germany. Regarding the lectures in Riga (lectures take place on Friday, 29th of November, and on Saturday, 30th of November) he writes to the German Academy that he has been given a personal audience to the Prime Minister of Latvia, who has not attended the lectures, even so, he has received a special invitation (and has not attended the social event that was held by the German ambassador); besides the Latvian press was not very responsive. Klages mentions the confrontation between German Baltics and Latvians in the context of the Dome Museum.
In a separate manuscript, Klages briefly describes the history and current situation of all the cities that he visited during his lecture trip. The trip begins in Amsterdam: from October 31st till December 13th Klages has been to Copenhagen (6.XI), Odense (7.XI), Lunda (8.XI), Stockholm (11.XI), Gothenburg (13.XI), Oslo (15.XI), Upsala (18.XI), Turku (20.-21.XI), Helsinki (22.-23.XI), Tallinn (25.-26.XI), Tartu (27.XI) and Riga (29.-30XI). He describes Scandinavia as “Americanised”, even so, he praises the hospitable and responsive people. In the description of the situation in the Baltics, the conflict between the German Baltics effort in preserving their identity and the Estonians and Latvians search for their identity plays a big role.