Aizpute Municipality, Rokaiži

Location of the monument:

Latitude: 56.733394
Longitude: 21.655661

The circumstances, in which the Jews living in the vicinity of Aizpute (Apriķi, Kazdanga, Kalvene, etc.) were killed, are not clearly known. Possibly, part of them were killed in the summer of 1941 together with “Soviet activists” in a forest of Kazdanga parish, not far from the care home “Rokaiži”.

During the Soviet period on the site of murder at the care home “Rokaiži” a monument with an inscription in Latvian “The site where Soviet citizens were murdered in 1941” was erected. At present a symbolic memorial sign with the Star of David has been placed on one of the trees.

Further reading:

  • Meler M. Jewish Latvia: Sites to Remember. Tel-Aviv: Association of Latvian and Estonian Jews in Israel, 2013.
  • 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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