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Riga Ghetto Museum

Riga Ghetto Museum is located in the historic area bordering the former ghetto. More than 70,000 names of Holocaust victims and a photo exhibition, focusing on anti-Semitic propaganda, the Holocaust in Latvia, the resistance movement and those who provided safe haven, are set on a piece of land, covered by cobblestone taken from the streets of the former ghetto.

This neighbourhood still consists of small wooden houses with wood-carved shutters, cobblestone streets and rusty outdoor sinks in courtyards. Russian merchants and poor Jewish families once lived here. Today the area is often visited by Jewish family members to find where their relatives lived many years ago. Besides, Riga is among the few European cities where former Nazi camp territory has remained unscathed by architectural change; and now the Ghetto Museum is open here. However, this is just the first phase of construction launched by the Hebrew congregation "Shamir" in cooperation with Riga City Council. The museum was established with the aim of reminding one and all of those terrible historic events in Latvia. The museum is expected to also become an education and culture centre, sending a message of tolerance and mutual respect.

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