Riga

Memorial to victims of the Nazi regime

  Biķernieku mežs     more than a year ago
Funded in part by Germans, local architects worked for 15 years to create an appropriate monument for the atrocities that occurred among the trees. In 1942, under the German occupation, Nazis herded thousands of victims of many backgrounds to this serene forest. Jews were brought from countries as far away as Austria and Germany, and alongside Latvians and Russians, they were executed and buried in mass graves. The memorial consists of a white altar, under which a stone block stands with English, Russian, German and Hebrew words from the book of Job, 16:18: 'O earth, do not cover my blood, and let there be no resting place for my cry.' Jagged rocks come out of the ground to look as though the forest floor has opened up, and each represents a lost life. Take trolleybus N°14 from Brīvības to Biķernieku mežs.

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20.04.2014
Judit Gallo
Hungary
I have just been there, and the memorial is really fantastic and beautiful, if one can say about a memorial like this. However, I want to add information about other people, who were there in addition to the ones marked on the memorial. They were from Hungary, but they were transported there from Auschwitz and then, who survived the atrocities, back to Germany by ship. I know it bwcause my mother was there and she told me the selection there was very hard, after the selection in Auschwitz, where the old and very young ones were immediately killed.
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