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The Nazi troops entered Aizpute on 28 June 1941. Some Jews were shot already at the begging of June in the Dzirkaļi Forest and the town park, but other Jews of the town and its vicinity were arrested and placed into two synagogues of the town. Mass murders of Jews were conducted in two actions. During the first one on 24 July the local self–defenders shot 39 Jews of Aizpute in the Padure Pine Grove of Laža parish. The second killing took place on 27 October, when the German SD unit that had arrived from Liepāja shot 386 Jews in a forest not far from the farm “Dzirkaļi” (approximately 3 km from Aizpute).
In 2007 on the site of murder in the forest in the vicinity of the farm “Dzirkaļi” the museum “Jews in Latvia” placed a symbolic memorial sign with the Star of David. After the war remains of Jews were reinterred from the site of murder in the Misiņkalns Graveyard in Aizpute.
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- Ezergailis A. The Holocaust in Latvia, 1941-1944: The Missing Center. Riga: The Historical Institute of Latvia; Washington, DC: US Holocaust Memorial Museum, 1996.
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