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Jewish Cemetery

Sketch of the Jewish cemetery murder site Sketch of the Jewish cemetery murder site GARF 7021-93-28; copy YVA JM/21222 Monument to the Jewish victims at the Jewish cemetery in Rēzekne Monument to the Jewish victims at the Jewish cemetery in Rēzekne Photo by J. Šneider
YVA, Photo Collection 239G02

During July 1941 the Germans and local policemen took groups of Jewish men who were incarcerated in the prison to the Jewish cemetery, where they were shot. On August 3, 1941 the Jewish women, children, and old people who had remained in the town were also imprisoned. On the next day the Germans began taking them in groups from the prison to the Jewish cemetery. Over a period of ten days, under guard by local policemen, they were taken on foot or by truck to the cemetery, where they were forced to undress and then shot. Approximately 2,000 Jews, a majority of Rēzekne's Jews, were killed in the cemetery. In April 1944 the Germans opened the mass-grave and burned all the bodies.