Choral Synagogue


Between 1868 and 1871 the Choral synagogue was built, and the largest synagogue in Riga was occupied by the Germans on 1 July 1941. On July 4, 1941, the Germans collected about 300 Lithuanian jews and locked them in the synagogue basement. They threw in hand grenades and set fire to the synagogue. All the Jews were burned.

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 is in 2013 a flea market where all sorts of Nazi objects are openly sold, such as busts of Hitler, SS knives, SS badges, swastika etc. Riga is not the only city in Eastern Europe where nazi souvenirs are sold openly both in markets and in souvenir shops.

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