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Memorial Sites

Memorial ensembles and memorial sites remind us not only of tragic turning points in history, but also of eternal human values.

Memorial to the Victims of the Soviet Occupation "History Tactile"

The memorial is a symbolic confirmation of the connection between today and the tragedy in the history of Latvia, when the Soviet regime deported several tens of thousands of Latvian citizens. The memorial is equipped with special audio-visual equipment that creates emotional sound and vibration effects daily, fitting into the environment of the city of Riga.

Torņakalns Station - site of 1941 deportations

June 14, 1941 was fateful day for more than 15,000 Latvian residents. According to a decision by the Soviet authorities, without any court hearing, these were herded into cattle wagons and taken from the Torņakalns Station to the farthest corners of the Soviet Union, where they were condemned to hunger, frost and death in harsh conditions, or in concentration camps and places of imprisonment.

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 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.

Jewish Memorial at Rumbula

Rumbula is one of the largest holocaust sites in Europe.

Old Jewish Cemetery

On the site of the shut-down Jewish Cemetery in Riga's Latgale District, Communist Brigades Park was established in 1960. As of 1990, this place (2.7 hectares) is called the Old Jewish Cemetery.

Museum of the Riga Ghetto and Holocaust in Latvia

The Riga Ghetto Museum opened its doors in 2010. It is located close to the border of the former Jewish Ghetto, in Latgales apkaime (Latgales suburb), a historical city quarter. Once inhabited by Russian merchants and Jews, the quarter has small wooden houses with aged but still elegant wooden carvings, paved winding streets and a unique aura. Many people come here nowadays to look for the places where their ancestors had once lived. The territory of the Riga Ghetto is unique, having barely changed in the last sixty years.

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