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Commemoration of Jewish Victims

During the Soviet period after World War II, the Skede murder site was closed to visitors as a military zone. A monument was erected at the site, with no mention of the nationality of the victims. Its inscriptions in Russian and Latvian read: “Here, in 1941-1945, the German occupiers cruelly murdered more than 19,000 residents of the city of Liepaja. We will forever remember the Soviet partisans!” When the murder site was opened for visitors in 1990s, the mass grave was no longer discernable from the ground.
During the Soviet period, an additional small, stone monument was erected in the city’s cemetery. It was inscribed with the red Soviet star, as well as the names and years of the victims.
During the 1990s and early 2000s, Liepajan Jews and their counterparts from other cities and countries initiated some commemorative acts.
From the 1998-2001, the international Liepaja Jewish Memorial Committee collected the names of Jews killed during the war from different archives. Later, Jews from Liepaja and their descendants raised funds, and on June 9, 2004, a memorial was dedicated in the Liepaja Jewish Cemetery. The memorial bears 7,060 names of Jews from Liepaja who were murdered by the Nazis or perished in the Gulag. The monument is made from granite, inscribed with a Star of David and the years “1941-1945.” A monument to the Jews of the city killed during the Holocaust was also erected in Liepaja’s old Jewish cemetery.
In Skede, a new monument was erected on October 27, 2006, not far from the murder site.
At the Lighthouse murder site, a memorial was established on the wall of the fishery. The brick wall bears plaques with inscriptions.
There is also a statue in Liepaja in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
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The lighthouse south of Liepaja
 Monument in Skede
Monument in Skede
Memorial at the Lighthouse murder site
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Monument in Skede
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Monument in Skede
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Monument in the city’s cemetery
 Monument in Skede
Monument in Skede
Monument in the city’s cemetery
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Statue in Liepaja in memory of the victims of the Holocaust
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Statue in Liepaja in memory of the victims of the Holocaust
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Opening ceremony of the new monument at the Skede murder site, 2004
Memorial at the Liepaja Jewish Cemetery with the names of Jews who were murdered by Nazis or perished in Gulag
 
Opening ceremony of the new monument at the Skede murder site, 2004
Courtesy Brian Friedman
Memorial at the Liepaja Jewish Cemetery with the names of Jews who were murdered by Nazis or perished in Gulag
Courtesy Brian Friedman
 
Video
Solomon Feigerson was born in 1930 in Liepaja, and lived there during the war years.
(Interview in Hebrew)
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Solomon Feigerson was born in 1930 in Liepaja, and lived there during the war years.
(Interview in Hebrew)