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Latvia Jewish Holocaust

 
 
Raina Park –
The site of the July 1941 Mass Murders and its Memorial 
Parka iela 10 – Lat: N56.52231, Lon: E021.02464
 
Rai?a Park – the site of the June 1941 Mass Murders and its Memorial is located at the north end of the Rai?a Park.
 
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The first murder operation took place on the first day of occupation, on 3rd and 4th of July 1941, when the Einsaztkommando shot a group of Jews along with other Latvian activists and Red Army POW’s in the anti-tank ditches in Rainis Park. The killings were carried out by Einsatzkommando 1a, under the command of SS-Obersturmfuhrer Fritz Reichert. Groups of victims “according to different sources, between 33 and 150 men” that apparently comprised of Jews and suspected political activists and Red Army POW’s were ordered to march in line along Br?v?bas iela to the two ditches previously dug by the Red Army, 100 and 200 meters in length, where they were shot. A few days later, they were reburied in the Jewish Cemetery. There is a memorial located in the Jewish Cemetery with the names of those shot in Rai?a Park.
 
There are different estimates of the total number of victims that varies from several dozen to about 300. The Soviet Extraordinary State Commission investigating Nazi crimes noted that “is seemingly exaggerated” 1,430 people were killed in Rai?a Park.
 
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