In December 1941, Latvian policemen arrested thousands of Jews in Liepaja and brought them to Skede, north of Liepaja, to the dunes overlooking the Baltic Sea. A long ditch had been dug at the foot of the dunes. The Jews were forced to strip off their clothing except for their underwear. Near the ditch, they were made to take off their remaining clothes and were executed by units made up of Latvian collaborators and German policemen, under the command of the SS.
On 15-17 of December 1941, 2,700-2,800 Jews from Liepaja were massacred, most of them women and children.