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Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum

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"During World War II, under Nazi occupation, Rīga became a site of significant persecution and suffering for the Jewish population. In late 1941, the Nazis established the Riga Ghetto, confining thousands of Jews from Rīga and surrounding areas into a small, overcrowded area in the city center. Conditions within the ghetto were deplorable, with inadequate housing, sanitation, and food supplies. From the Riga Ghetto, tens of thousands of Jewish men, women, and children were deported to concentration camps and mass killing sites, where they faced systematic extermination as part of the Holocaust. The most notorious of these sites was the Rumbula Forest, where mass shootings conducted by Nazi Einsatzgruppen resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Jews from Rīga and other parts of Latvia. Today, the Riga Ghetto and Latvian Holocaust Museum stand as solemn memorials to the victims of the Holocaust in Latvia. The museum, located within the former territory of the Riga Ghetto, commemorates the lives lost and provides a comprehensive overview of the history and experiences of Latvia's Jewish community during the Holocaust."
"This museum is the former ghetto in the Latvian city where Jews and other ethnic groups deemed undesirable by the Nazis were kept in brutal conditions before being shipped to death camps in other parts of Europe. This site is donation only and includes an old ghetto house, informational exhibits, and a Holocaust memorial."
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