On January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, a commemorative event was held in Riga in Bikernieki forest, the biggest killing site and mass grave of Nazi victims in Latvia.

In memory of the more than 35,000 Jews, opponents of the Nazi regime and prisoners of war killed here, an ecumenical prayer was held by Elijohu Krumer, rabbi of the Riga synagogue Peitavshul and Eli Loiberg, member of the synagogue, Aivars Līcis, the priest of the Roman Catholic Church of Latvia, and Oleg Pelevin, archpriest of the Latvian Orthodox Church. 

The event was attended by foreign diplomats, Latvian officials, representatives of public organizations and the Jewish community. The commemorative ceremony was led by the director of the museum “Jews in Latvia” Ilya Lensky. 

Participants of the event also got acquainted with informative stands about the Holocaust in Latvia and Europe. This permanent exhibition was installed on the memorial last year by Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.

The video of the Latvian television LTV1 about the event can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=Dl6Fp3CHVeU

Foto: N. Krasnopevcevs, I. Anšins