Daugavpils Municipality, Silene

Location of the monument:

Latitude: 55.725089
Longitude: 26.819549

On 21 July 1941 the Jews of Silene (former name Borovka) were arrested and placed into the Grand Synagogue. About 27 July they were taken to the vicinity of the Smilgu (Smiļģiņa) Lake, where a voluntary commando of murderers, formed by members of self–defence units of Silene, Skrudaliena and Saliena, shot the Jews. A number of locals from Silene were attracted for burying the dead.

In 1957, with the support of local residents of Silene, a monument was erected at the Smilgu (Smiļģiņu) Lake with an inscription in Russian and Hebrew: “To the unforgettable Jewish victims, killed by the hands of Nazis, July 1941, in Borovka”.

 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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