Liepaja-The Holocaust



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Introduction   Skede Mass Graves Today   Dedication of Memorial   Liepeja Holocaust Histories
Names of Victims and Survivors   Film Footage   Photos   Related Pages
Photo courtesy of Edward Anders and Marger Vesterman

INTRODUCTION

About 7100 Jews lived in Liepaja in June of 1941. Approximately 200 survived the Nazi occupation of Latvia along with about 300 who survived in the USSR.

The murder of nearly 3,000 Liepaja Jews at nearby Skede, on the Baltic Sea, occurred on December 14 - 17, 1941. These killings by the Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units) and of their Latvian collaborators are documented in an extraordinary and heartbreaking photographic record. A film clip and still pictures are accessible below.

A list of the names of most of the victims and survivors was created in recent years through the efforts of Ed Anders and his colleagues and may also be accessed below.

 

SKEDE MASS GRAVES TODAY

Skede Mass Graves and Memorial
Edward Anders has identified the location of the mass grave at Skede with the aid of a 2003 satellite photo. The grave is the line from A - E. This page also has ground photos of the remnants of the execution ditch. A memorial marker containing this text has been placed near this area. Edward Anders estimates that 40% of thse killed at Skede were non-Jews, including those who attempted to save Jewish lives.
http://www.liepajajews.org/mass_grave.htm

 

DEDICATION OF MEMORIAL - JUNE 9, 2004

Dedication of Libau Memorial Wall and Renovation of Cemetery
A memorial wall with the names of 6400+ victims who perished was dedicated in Liepaja (Libau) on June 9, 2004.
http://www.liepajajews.org/wall_web1/info.htm

Photos of the Libau Memorial Wall
http://www.liepajajews.org/wall_web1/index.html

 

LIEPAJA HOLOCAUST HISTORIES ON THE WEB

Liepaja
By Edward Anders, from the Encyclopaedia of the Holocaust
http://www.liepajajews.org/LGhetto.pdf

Liepaja-December 14-16 Action
Yad Vashem
http://www1.yadvashem.org/about_holocaust/month_in_holocaust/december/decenber_data_images/images_4.html

 A Town Named Libau (Liepaja) - Yizkor Book
     Translation of 36 page history of the town.

The Killing Fields of Skede
Includes selected photos of Skede and memorial dedication
Avaslan website
http://avaslan.net/The-killing-fields-of-Skede

 

NAMES OF VICTIMS AND SURVIVORS

A Database of Victims and Survivors of Liepaja

Liepaja Jewish Cemetery Burials 1909-1941

The Holocaust in Liepaja in brief, and how the list of names was created

 

FILM FOOTAGE

Einsatzgruppen (mobile killing units) - Film Footage
Liepaja, Latvia [requires Real Player - free download available]
http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/media_fi.php?lang=en&ModuleId=10005443&MediaId=183

 

PHOTOS

These are photos of executions of Liepaja Jews at nearby Skede, Latvia on December 14-17, 1941. These photos are at the web site of Edward Anders, an expert on the Holocaust in Liepaja.

Shkede Executions - 10 Photographs

 

RELATED PAGES

The Holocaust in Latvia - Einsatzgruppen

History of Jewish Latvia - Liepaja (Libau)


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