Choral Synagogue

Choral Synagogue in Riga was built between 1868 and 1871 and when the germans occupied Riga, July 1, 1941, it was the town’s largest. On July 4, 1941, the Germans rounded up about 300 Lithuanian Jews and locked them up in the synagogue’s basement. Then they threw in hand grenades and set fire to the synagogue. All the Jews were burned inside.

Current status: Demolished with monument (2013).

Location: 56°56'32.83" N, 24°07'35.04" E

Get there: Walk from central Riga.

My comment:

About 300 meters from the monument, there was in 2013 a flea market where all sorts of Nazi memorabilia are sold openly, such as busts of Hitler, SS knives, SS badges, swastika etc. Riga is not the only city in Eastern Europe where Nazi memorabilia are sold openly both in markets and in souvenir shops.

Follow up in books: Arad, Yitzhak: Holocaust in the Soviet union (2009).