Memorial ensembles and memorial sites remind us not only of tragic turning points in history, but also of eternal human values.
Riga Choral Synagogue
Founded in 1871, the Riga Choral Synagogue was burned to the ground in 1941. A memorial is located in the ruins today in memory of those who perished in the blaze, and another one was unveiled in 2007, dedicated to those who provided safe haven for Jews during the war.
Jewish Memorial, Bikernieki
Biķernieki Forest is a graveyard for thousands of Jews slaughtered there during World War II. The memorial ensemble's center is a black granite cube, a symbolic altar, with an inscription from the Book of Job: "Earth, do not shield my blood or hide my cry!" The surrounding thousands of stones remind one of traditional Jewish burial grounds.
Žanis Lipke Memorial
Žanis Lipke Memorial is dedicated to a brave man who saved more than 50 Jews from Nazis during the Second World War by hiding them in a bunker under a shed. The memorial building shows the living conditions of the saved ones as close as possible; here you will find an exciting exhibition and a very interesting architecture.
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.