Tuesday, 10 March 2015
7) LATVIA & HOLOCAUST
There were 93,479 Jews in Latvia by the time of the 1935. Out of which 80,000 perished in the Holocaust. I will include the Jewish areas from Salaspils, Rumbula, Bikernieki and Riga in the blog.
Ruins of the Great Choral Synagogue (1871) of Riga. It was burned down by Nazis in 1941. Half of Latvia's Jews lived in Riga before war (about 43,000), but after the Holocaust only 150 were left alive!
Salaspils Concentration Camp. An estimated 6,000 to 20,000 (including children) passed through this camp; several thousand died.
Rumbula Massacre Site. At least 25,000 Jews were murdered at Rumbula in just 2 days (November 30 and December 8, 1941).
Bikernieki Forest; It is generally believed that up to 40,000 Jews were shot at Biķernieki forest between 1941 and 1944.