Holocaust memorial day in Latvia
On July 4, 1941, the Choral Synagogue in Riga was burned to the ground by Nazis & local collaborators with people locked inside. In 1935, 94,000 Jews lived in Latvia.
By the beginning of 1943, only about 5,000 Jews remained in the country.
EJP member Miriam Zalmanovich commented: “Sad history for the Eastern European nations who had to fight two evil forces – fascism and communism at the same time. During time period from WWI to WW2 Latvia lost 1/3 of it’s population – more than any other nation. Holocaust memorial day in Latvia is not just an even to be attended and remembered – it is a big fight against anti semitism and for democracy.”