On the eve of the Holocaust, some 43,000 Jews lived in Riga. The Germans occupied Riga on 1 July 1941 and immediately began murdering thousands of Jewish men. By the end of the year, 25,000 Jews from Riga had been murdered in the nearby Rumbula forest. In December 1943, the Riga ghetto was liquidated. The Red Army liberated Riga in October 1944.
Sunday to Thursday: 09:00-17:00
Fridays and Holiday eves: 09:00-14:00
Yad Vashem is closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays.
Entrance to the Holocaust History Museum is not permitted for children under the age of 10. Babies in strollers or carriers will not be permitted to enter.