Alūksne Municipality, the Alūksne Brethren Cemetery

Location of the monument:

Latitude: 57.423471
Longitude: 27.053827

When the Nazi troops entered Alūksne in July 1941, all Jews of the town were arrested. On 12 August a German SD unit (“Arājs’ Commando”) with the assistance of local self–defenders convoyed the arrested Jews together with other victims of other ethnicities to the Siseņi Pine Grove near the bounds of Alūksne and shot them.

 In the 1960s the victims were reinterred from the site of murder in the Siseņi Pine Grove in the Brethren Cemetery of Alūksne, where a monument– sculpture, symbolising a mother’s figure, was erected, the memorial plaque carries a quote by O.Vācietis in Russian: “In hearts, on pages of history, in granite of monuments – eternal glory to you”. Another memorial plaque of the Brethren Cemetery has an inscription in Russian: “Here rest 167 civilians from Alūksne region, victims of fascist terror – children, women, the elderly”.

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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