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ChGK Soviet Reports

The Yad Vashem Archives hold a vast collection of documents amassed by the Soviet Extraordinary State Commission (ChGK).

Report of the ChGK, Liepaja Report of the ChGK, Liepaja GARF 7021-93-2419; copy YVA JM/21234 Report of the ChGK, Liepaja Report of the ChGK, Liepaja GARF 7021-93-2419; copy YVA JM/21234

The following report of the ChGK from June 1945 contains a description of the mass murder of the Jews in Liepāja:
... The beach near “Baka” was chosen as the second murder site [after Skede]. Testimonies relate that from the beginning of July 1941, the German occupiers increased the number of murder operations. Those arrested were taken in trucks loaded with forty to fifty people from the main prison and the Women’s Prison towards “Baka,” where they were shot. There were also columns of people, fifty to sixty people in each, which were led towards Baka at 5 am.
Members of the Commission arrived at the murder site and determined that at the Baltic shore there were three graves, seventy meters long, three meters deep and two meters wide. The witnesses relate that the Germans spread rumors that they were taking the prisoners to work, and only afterwards told people that they had been murdered. Witnesses claim that in the period between July 1941 to September 1941, 6,000-7,000 people were killed there ....
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Mass Murder of Jews in Liepaja, Latvia, 1941
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Mass Murder of Jews in Liepaja, Latvia, 1941
Archival footage of JUDENEXEKUTION IN LIBAU 1941 (Mass Murder of Jews in Liepaja, Latvia, 1941)
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