Karostas Prison


In northern Liepaja, there is a district called Karostas, where Tsarist Russia established a naval base between 1890 and 1906. After the Russian revolution in 1917, the territory was taken over by the Soviet Union. Within the naval base, there was a prison for including deserters from the navy. The prison was finally closed in 1997 after a hundred years of service. During the German occupation between 1941 and 1944 the prison was taken over by the germans and just outside the prison the germans established a place of execution.

Current status: Preserved with museum (2009).

Address: Invalidu iela 4, Liepaja, LV-3414.

Get there: Car.

My comment:

In 2009, Karostas is a terribly dilapidated area with worn-out residential buildings and widespread poverty. The prison, on the other hand, has been converted into not only a museum but also a hostel where you can stay overnight in one of the old cells. For those who wish, it is also possible to arrange a role-playing game where guests for a day become prisoners. Other adventures on offer include escapes from the naval base where the guest must undergo certain hardships to escape detection from the guards. The museum is characterized by a great commercialism.

Follow up in books: Ezergailis, Andrew: The Holocaust in Latvia, 1941-1944 (1996).