One of the darkest pages in a history
of Latvia during World War II...
Memorial Ensemble was created in the
place of an extended police prison and labor correctional camp
(Erweitertes Polizeigefängnis und Arbeitserziehungslager) of
National Socialistic Germany which was located there from 1941 to
1944. It was built by deported Jews from Germany, Austria and
Czechoslovakia (in total there were around 1800 Jews, although
about 1000 of them died due to poor working and living conditions).
The camp imprisoned Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian civilians and
military personal, as well as transit prisoners, including small
children from Latgale (region in south east part of Latvia),
Belarus and Russia.
Picture: a drawing by a former
prisoner of the camp Kārlis Bušs (www.laikmetazimes.lv).